Education / Outreach

How to Become Certified

General Information / Overview

The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Office) launched its new Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) program on July 1, 2009. SWUC was developed to streamline the certification process and reduce redundancy in certifying minority- and women-owned businesses and create a centralized HUB and minority/women business database. The HUB Office will take the lead in certifying HUB/MWBE firms, which previously had to apply for certification through the HUB Office as well as the local M/WBE program offices.

Effective July 1, 2009, HUB firms must be certified through the HUB Office to be listed in the database to be counted by local and state entities for HUB participation and the reporting purposes. The HUB Office partnered with our local M/WBE offices to develop and implement SWUC with input and feedback from HUB firms, prime contractors and HUB resource advocates. With the HUB Office facilitating the certification process, local M/WBE Offices can focus on providing resources and business development.

Benefits of HUB Certification include:

  • HUB Certification is free of charge.
  • Certification is valid for four years, provided that the business continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Certified HUBs are registered with the Division of Purchase and Contract’s web-based HUB Vendor Directory/Vendor Link. State agencies use the HUB Vendor Directory in conjunction with the E-Procurement database to solicit bids from certified HUBs for state purchasing and public works contracts. Prime contractors also use the HUB Vendor Directory to identify HUBs in order to send them notification of their subcontracting opportunities. This provides increased exposure to the general public, as well as other entities that have a supplier diversity program and are searching for minority and woman-owned businesses.
  • Vendor in the Spotlight. The HUB Office will showcase your business on our website to a target audience of purchasing agents and decision makers.

Eligibility for HUB Certification Under the SWUC Program

Per N.C. General Statute 143-128.4, to qualify as a historically underutilized business, a business must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed, by one or more citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States who are members of one or more of the following groups: (1) Black, (2) Hispanic, (3) Asian American, (4) American Indian, (5) Female, (6) Disabled and (7) Disadvantaged.

If you are interested in becoming a certified HUB firm, you must register in the Vendor Link system and request HUB Certification. Please follow the instructions below:

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To Register In Vendor Link / Initiate HUB Certification:

  1. Go to http://www.doa.nc.gov/hub
  2. Click "Program/Core Services"
  3. Click "Certification"
  4. Click "Request HUB Certification"
  5. Click "HUB Certification/SWUC Program"
  6. On the Electronic Registration page – read terms and Click "Accept"
  7. Complete all applicable information
  8. On the last page – Click "Registration Complete"
  9. Return to http://www.doa.nc.gov/hub and Go to Forms and Documents & Reports; and
  10. Click "Certification" and "Statewide Uniform Certification Application (pdf)"
  11. Based on your business type, submit supporting documents indicated and the Statewide Uniform Certification Application to the HUB Office
OR

If you have already created a vendor profile in the Vendor Link system, all you need to do is request HUB Certification by modifying your vendor profile.

To Renew HUB Certification or Make Profile Changes:

  1. Go to http://www.doa.nc.gov/hub
  2. Click "Program/Core Services"
  3. Click "Certification"
  4. Click "Request HUB Certification"
  5. Click "Update HUB Information/HUB Recertification"
  6. Enter your User ID and Password (if you have forgotten ID/Password call Purchasing and Contract at (919-807-4502).
  7. Click "Add/Modify HUB Information" and follow the prompts to the "HUB Categories" page, Click "Next".
  8. Click “I Accept the Terms” at the bottom of the page (This may or may not be available for response-go to next step)
  9. Complete the "HUB Ownership Information" (Update any information and change years owned column), Click "Next"
  10. On the last page - Click "Return to Change Menu" and Click on "Logout"
  11. Return to http://www.doa.nc.gov/hub and Go to Forms and Documents; and
  12. Click "Required Documents" and "Statewide Uniform Certification Application (pdf)"
  13. Based on your business type, submit supporting documents indicated and the Statewide Uniform Certification Application to the HUB Office.

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Local M/WBE Offices

Staff members at your local M/WBE Office are also available to answer questions and assist you with the certification process for Statewide Uniform Certification.
You may reach the local M/WBE Offices as listed below.

MWBE Program Offices Contact Person Contact Number
City of Asheville Brenda Mills 828-232-4566
City of Charlotte (Small Business Enterprise Only) Nancy Rosado 704-336-2116
City of Durham Deborah Giles 919-560-4180 ext. 243
City of Greenville Denisha Harris 252-329-4862
City of Greensboro Kathleen Smith 336-373-2674
City of Raleigh Luther Williams 919-996-4278
City of Winston-Salem Ruben Gonzales 336-747-7474
New Hanover County Lena Butler 910-798-7190

Statewide Uniform Certification Rules and General Statutes

N.C.G.S. 143-128.4 143 128.4 - Statewide uniform certification; Historically Underutilized Businesses defined

N.C.G.S. 143-48.4 - Statewide uniform certification of historically underutilized businesses

Statewide Uniform Certification Rules – N.C. Administrative Codes – 01 NCAC 44A

Forms and Documents

Certification
List of Required Documents
(To be submitted for Certification as a Historically Underutilized Business)
Required Certification Documents (pdf)
Application for Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC)
(To be completed in addition to on-line application in Vendor Link)
Statewide Uniform Certification Application (pdf)
List of Required Documents for Recertification
(To be submitted for Recertification as a Historically Underutilized Business)
Required Recertification Documents (pdf)
Annual Status Update Affidavit
(Submit annually prior to certification expiration anniversary date)
Annual Status Update Affidavit Form (pdf)
Disability Affidavit
(To be used to certify disability for HUB certification)
Disability Affidavit (pdf)
Ethnicity Affidavit
(To be used by each owner to confirm ethnicity when relied upon for eligibility)
Ethnicity Affidavit (pdf)
Third Party Challenge Affidavit
(To be used to challenge the eligibility of a certified HUB firm in the SWUC database)
Third Party Challenge Affidavit (pdf)

Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses
1336 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1336
Fax: 919-807-2335
E-mail: HUBOffice.DOA@doa.nc.gov

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