The HUB Office was created by Executive Order 150 April 20, 1999. The HUB Office was codified, established by law and provided operational funding during the 2001 Legislative Session.
The HUB Office was established to:
- Increase the amount of goods and services acquired by state agencies from businesses owned and controlled by HUB firms;
- Work towards eliminating barriers that reduce the participation of HUB firms in the marketplace, and in state government procurement and contracting;
- Encourage purchasing officers and capital project coordinators within the state agencies, departments, universities and community colleges to identify and utilize HUB vendors, contractors and service providers;
- Educate HUB firms on “How To Do Business” with the State of North Carolina; and
- Provide resources for HUB firms.
The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses will advocate and promote the utilization of HUB firms in the purchase of goods and services, including construction, certify HUB firms, and monitor reporting requirements to determine compliance in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes and Administrative Rules.
The HUB Office is an organization that advocates actions which increase opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and promotes diversity and inclusion in state government procurement and contracting.
To promote economic opportunities for historically underutilized businesses in state government contracting and procurement that will foster their growth and profitability.
As a result of Executive Order #150 and General Statutes 143-48 & 143-128.2(g)(1)(2)(3), the Historically Underutilized Business Program was established to encourage increased participation in the State’s procurement process. Effective April 20, 1999, the program was moved from the Division of Purchase and Contract to the Office of the Secretary of N.C. Department of Administration to increase the awareness and visibility of the program.
The primary objectives of the HUB Office are to:
- Increase the amount of goods and services acquired by the state from businesses owned and controlled by HUB firms.
- Encourage the purchasing officers within the state agencies, departments and universities to identify and utilize prospective HUB designated vendors and service providers.
- Educate vendors on "how to" do business with the state.
- Encourage participation of qualified HUB designated vendors by directing them to agencies that can benefit from their product or service.
- Maintain a database of designated HUB vendors for use by state purchasers, general contractors and other purchasing entities seeking qualified vendors.
- Sponsor seminars and conduct training workshops that assist HUB vendors become an active participant in state contracting opportunities.
Fifty-one percent of the business is owned by, and the day-to-day management and daily business operations are controlled by, one of the following:
- Black, Hispanic, Asian-American or American Indian
- Socially and economically disadvantaged person
- Visit NC electronic Vendor Portal (eVP)
- Next, select “Register”
- When registering in eVP, you must also request SWUC (aka HUB) certification and upload required documents in the eVP system
Certification as a HUB vendor provides greater exposure for business opportunities in state procurement and contracting. The names of HUB firms are listed in the Vendor Link System which is widely used by state agencies, universities, community colleges, local schools, local governments and institutions and the public to locate historically underutilized businesses for goods, services and construction.
- Assistance with online vendor registration and HUB Certification
- Assistance with updating vendor profile
- Bid searching techniques
- Marketing strategies
- One-on-one consultation
- Business development needs assessment
- Business resource and financial assistance referrals
The HUB Office does not offer grants or financial services to HUB firms. However, we have collaborative partnerships with several business resource organizations that have financial programs that we refer HUB firms for assistance. The Small Business Administration is a good resource for financial assistance and/or grants.
No. HUB certification does not guarantee that you will receive a contract with the State of North Carolina nor any public entity. However, HUB certification does provide greater exposure for your firm to the business community. It is important to develop a marketing plan and market your business to the agencies who buy what you sell.
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|Executive Order#25 (pdf) Governor's Advisory Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses|
|Executive Order #24 (pdf)
Governor's Advisory Council on Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses
|Executive Order #13 (pdf)
Support for Historically Underutilized Businesses by Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue
|Executive Order #106 (pdf)
Historically Underutilized Business Goals reiterated and modified by former Gov. Michael F. Easley
|Executive Order #150 (pdf)
Support for Historically Underutilized Businesses goals by former Gov. James Hunt
|Legislation - North Carolina General Statutes|
|N.C.G.S. § 143-48
Purchase and Contract: cooperation in promoting the use of small contractors, minority contractors, physically handicapped contractors, and women contractors.
|N.C.G.S. § 143-48.4
Statewide uniform certification of Historically Underutilized Businesses
|N.C.G.S § 143-64.31
Procurement of Architectural, Engineering, and Surveying Services
|Senate Bill 914, Session Law 2001-496 December, 2001
To enhance and improve good faith efforts to recruit and select minority businesses for participation in public construction contracts.
|N.C.G.S. § 143-128
Requirements for certain building contracts. (Makes reference to §143-128.2 – Minority Business Participation Goals
Construction management at risk contracts. (Makes reference to §143-128.2 – Minority Business Participation Goals)
Minority Business Participation Goals (Defines Good Faith Efforts and the full scope of the law)
Minority Business Participation Administration
Historically Underutilized Businesses; Statewide Uniform Certification (2007 Amendment Definition)
Historically underutilized business defined (before 2007 session)
(See above 143-128.4)
Informal Bidding: Scope of applicable law for construction projects less than $500,000 (increased from $300,000 in 2007 legislation
|House Bill 73, Section 6, Session Law 2007 – 446
Threshold Changes Effective Date: August 23, 2007 Increase from $300,000 to $500,000 for Informal Contracts; Threshold Changes Effective Date: August 23, 2007
|House Bill 1035, Session Law 2010 -148
Increases the Performance and Payment Bonding Requirements for Construction Project Contracts Awarded by State Departments, State Agencies, and the University of North Carolina that exceed $500,000