The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. The program falls under the auspices of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones – “HUBZones” – through the establishment of preferences.
There are many areas in the U.S. that have limited economic development and opportunity for its residents. Many of these communities are marked by either long-term high unemployment or low median incomes, or both. These Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) can be revitalized through the efforts of small businesses. Successful small businesses are the engines that can drive job creation and provide economic stimulus. Within these communities small businesses provide employment opportunities and empowerment to HUBZone residents.
SBA’s HUBZone program is in line with the efforts of both the Administration and Congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities.
Special recognition to agencies who met or exceeded the 3% HUBZone Goal:
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Treasury
- Department of Transportation
- General Services Administration
- Office of Personnel Management
- Small Business Administration
In October 2015 the HUBZone Council named AttainIt President and CEO Dawn Hall “2015 HUBZone Owner of the Year.” The Council is a national, nonprofit trade association providing information and support for companies and professionals interested in the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) contracting program. The award recognizes the owner of a HUBZone-certified company who has demonstrated success in corporate management, improving the lives of his/her employees and community, and promoting the values and spirit of the HUBZone program.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Hall said, “and proud of our employees, the quality service we provide our customers, and the difference we are making in this community. We have a wonderful group of hardworking team members that pull together to support one another and our customers.”
AttainIt has been a certified HUBZone firm since 2005 and has grown steadily since Hall assumed a leadership role with the company in 2009. In bestowing this award, the HUBZone Council noted that under Hall’s leadership, AttainIt provides extensive on-the-job training, offers entry-level salaries well above minimum wage, and gives employees access to company-funded health care benefits. The Council also noted Hall takes an active role advocating for her employees’ well-being.
Hall has overseen growth in employee headcount from 13 to 24 between 2009 and 2015 and maintained AttainIt’s certification as a HUBZone firm. The company’s gross revenues have increased from $13.5 million in 2009 to $26.4 million in 2013, and 2015 revenues are expected to exceed $30 million.
“The HUBZone program creates opportunities for people and communities to grow,” Hall said. “I have benefitted greatly from the program, as have our employees. It has been extremely gratifying to recruit, train, and promote such a talented and dedicated workforce.”
AttainIt remains committed to customer service excellence and providing employment opportunities in the HUBZone communities. In addition, the company is a woman business enterprise (WBE), an economically-disadvantaged, woman-owned small business (EDWOSB), and small disadvantaged business. It will be able to help federal agencies, prime contractors and large corporations reach supplier diversity goals in those categories, as well.
Contact your AttainIt Account Manager to find out how we can help you achieve your small business goals! AttainIt maintains three federal supply schedules and has a robust offering of scientific research instrumentation, laboratory supplies and industrial supplies. Check us out at http://attainit.net/
Learn more about the SBA HUBZone Program for Contracting Officials
Learn more about the HUBZone Council