Modernization Comes to SBA’s Federal Contracting Programs

New HUBZone map is live and user friendly.

The HUBZone Maps lets small businesses in urban, rural and distressed areas find out if they are eligible for the HUBZone program. The program helps provide these small businesses with access to federal contracting opportunities by qualifying for HUBZone contracts.

The interactive map, which is SBA’s first step toward modernizing its federal contracting programs features multiple enhancements. SBA was able to leverage new technologies to provide the latest HUBZone designations on the map called Qualified Disaster Areas and add features to improve usability and HUBZone address assertions, according to SBA.

Users can either allow the map to detect the current location or search for specific addresses in the search bar. Users can also choose certain “Qualified HUBZones” and “Expiring HubZones” in the area that layer on top of the map in different colors and patterns.

Eventually, SBA plans to add the HUBZone certification program to its modernized web-based application. Certify was launched in 2016 to streamline the application and certification process, and has easy-to-use tools to match businesses with programs. Ultimately, SBA hopes this makes it easier for small businesses to contract with the federal government.