“Creating Jobs Where They are Needed Most”
Event Scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 the HUBZone Council is hosting the annual HUBZone Legislative event, a One-Day Education and Advocacy Event on Capitol Hill for HUBZone Small Business Owners & Managers. The goal is to provide education and advocacy to Congress on issues related to HUBZone Small Business Program and legislative opportunities to support HUBZone certified small businesses.
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 HUBZone Council monitors public policy and promotes actions that support the well-being of the HUBZone program while encouraging public policies that enhance and expand business opportunities for Council member companies and other firms that have been certified as HUBZone contractors by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Membership in the HUBZone Council is available to small businesses involved or interested in the HUBZone Contracting Program, corporate sponsors, prime contractors, large businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
AttainIt’s president, Dawn Hall, is attending the HUBZone Council event and meeting with legislators to ask them to support small businesses, woman-owned small business and certified HUBZone businesses and the corresponding small business administration programs. Hall has found that many legislators are unaware of the issues faced by small businesses, woman-owned small businesses and especially HUBZone certified small businesses. She is hopeful that she can connect legislators to important issues and challenges that create obstacles for these important job creators and gain support for upcoming legislation.
AttainIt is certified by SBA as an 8(a) program participant Small Disadvantaged Business and HUBZone small business, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce certified as an Economically-Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business. See More AttainIt Certifications.
AttainIt has been a certified HUBZone firm since 2005 and October 30, 2015 the HUBZone Council named AttainIt President and CEO Dawn Hall “2015 HUBZone Owner of the Year.” 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.
Out of these many small business certifications, the HUBZone program is one that Hall thinks is unique, in that the certification rests on the entire organization and not the individual owner(s). The 8(a) and ED-WOSB certifications rest on the individual and specific circumstances tied to the 51% business owner and is designed to offer more opportunity to the business owner. In contrast, the HUBZone certification is one the entire AttainIt organization can support and feel connected to. AttainIt’s two office locations are in HUBZones and 35% of AttainIt staff must reside in a HUBZone. Many of AttainIt’s most tenured and valued staff have come to AttainIt through recruitment efforts around the HUBZone requirements. These employees came to AttainIt with little to no industry or job experience and have greatly benefited from career opportunities and have had tremendous impact on AttainIt’s success.
The requirements of the HUBZone program also encourage business owners to look for unique ways to impact employment opportunities in HUBZone areas. Attainit works with Women’s Empowerment Center Employment Specialists to offer a paid 8 week internship to selected graduates of the Women’s Empowerment program. At the end of the 8 week program the intern will have gained valuable job experience and practical skills and, if there are job openings at AttainIt, interns will be encouraged to apply for regular paid positions. If there are no suitable openings we will work with local employment placement agencies to help the intern transition to a temporary or regular position with enhanced skills and experience needed to excel in a clerical or accounting environment. This is program that aligns with the ideals and vision of President Dawn Hall, which is to give every woman the opportunity and the skills that they need in order to get ahead not only professionally but personally as well. In addition this program helps AttainIt to continue to meet the requirements of the HUBZone program.
AttainIt and the HUBZone Contractor’s National Council are highlighting:
H.R. 2013 – Growing & Reviving Rural Economies through Transitioning HUBZone Redesignation Act
As a HUBZone-certified small business we ask legislators to support and become aware of the important issues faced by HUBZone small businesses and addressed in this bill. H.R. 2013, the Growing & Reviving Rural Economies through Transitioning HUBZone Redesignation Act of 2017, seeks to provide more business certainty to HUBZone-certified small businesses. This bill extends the current HUBZone redesignation time period from three to seven years, which will allow more businesses to make substantial long-term investments in their communities without fear of losing their HUBZone status before they have an opportunity to make an impact.
S. 690 – HUBZone Investment Protection Act
As a HUBZone-certified small business we ask legislators to support and become aware of the important issues faced by HUBZone small businesses and addressed in this bill. S. 690, the HUBZone Investment Protection Act, seeks to provide more business certainty to HUBZone-certified small businesses. This bill extends the current HUBZone redesignation time period from three to seven years, which will allow more businesses to make substantial long-term investments in their communities without fear of losing their HUBZone status before they have an opportunity to make an impact.
Both bills would extend the current 3-year Redesignation Period to 7 years. This is the grandfathered time the SBA allows when an area’s income and/or employment statistics indicate that the area no longer qualifies as a HUBZone. Three years is just not enough time to allow a HUBZone company to move and hire new employees if its HUBZone status is endangered. The HUBZone Council supports this change and believes that it will help more companies remain certified and earn more HUBZone contracts to generate more jobs in emerging areas. Since the HUBZone portfolio of companies is the smallest in many years, it is vital that more companies remain in the program to help it have the economic impact it was designed to have in communities that suffer from low income or high unemployment.