There are 5 basic requirements that must be met to be eligible for HUBZone Certification.The first requirement is that the business concern’s principal office must be located in a qualified SBA designated HUBZone.The SBA defines your principal office as the location where the business concern’s greatest number of employees report to or perform their work. For a construction or services business this excludes any jobsite or client site as these would not be considered a principal office even if they had the greatest number of employees.For example, if your business concern has a total of 5 employees, and 2 of your employees perform their work at your office, in which you have a lease agreement for, and the 3 other employees perform their work at a jobsite, the office where the 2 employees perform their work will be considered the principal office since jobsites are excluded.A 2nd example would be for a business concern with multiple office locations. For example, if you have an office in Maryland with 5 employees and another office, located in Florida, with 10 employees, the Florida office will be considered the principal office regardless of where the owners of the business perform their work.To verify if your principal office is located in a qualified SBA designated HUBZone visit the link on this page. Let’s look at an example.
As you can see from this example, we entered the full address that has been determined to be the principal office location.The SBA mapping system will search and return results identifying whether or not the address is located within a qualified SBA designated HUBZone.If the search indicates the address is located in a qualified SBA designated HUBZone it will display your searched location in green. The red areas designate any non qualified areas. Let’s proceed to the next eligibility requirement.
The second requirement is that the business concern must be at least 51% unconditionally and directly owned and controlled by persons who are US citizens.Directly owned means just as it sounds. The person must directly own the business concern. Ownership of the business cannot be through another business or through a trust, unless the trust is revocable and the person is the sole grantor and trustee of the trust.To meet the unconditional control requirement, the person must generally be the highest ranking officer and make all day-to-day and long term decisions on behalf of the company.Let’s proceed to the next eligibility requirement.
The third requirement is that 35% of the business concern employeesmust reside in a SBA designated HUBZone.An employee is defined as any individual who the business concern employees on a full-time or part-time basis, so long as that individual works a minimum of 40 hours per month. Individuals who the business concern employs as subcontractor, through a 1099 or work less than 40 hours a month is not considered an employee. Individuals who your business concern employee through a temp agency, leasing concern, a union agreement or a professional employer organization are considered employees as long as they meet the 40 hour per month requirement.Another important note is that any individual must have worked at least 40 hours for the business concern before they will be considered an employee by the SBA so if you just hired an individual they must work at least 40 hours in the current month to be considered an employee.Just as we discussed within requirement number 1, you may visit the link on this page and enter their primary residence address to determine whether or not they are located within a SBA designated HUBZone. They do not have to live in the same HUBZone designated area as the business concern is located within.Each individual who you have identified as part of the 35% must have a valid drivers license, state issued ID card or voters registration card that indicates their primary residence address.Let’s proceed to the next eligibility requirement.
The fourth requirement is that the business concern must be classified as a small business as defined by the SBA.A small business must meet the size standard corresponding to its primary classification or NAICS code. For example, if the majority of the revenues earned within the most recently completed fiscal years was within Commercial Construction, the primary NAICS code would be 236220. The current SBA size standard corresponding to this NAICS code is $33.5M. In order for this business concern to be considered a small business, the gross receipts reported on the business concerns tax returns averaged over the last three tax years must be less than $33.5M.Some NAICS codes are based upon gross receipts while others are based upon the number of employees. It is important to note that the SBA also includes the gross receipts or numbers of employees of any other business concern they deem as an affiliate in making a determination whether the business concern is classified as a small business. An affiliate may be another business any principal of the business concern has ownership in or if there are any other factors that meet the SBA’s affiliation requirements.To find out more on SBA size standards including how to find out what your exact size standard is, please visit www.sba.gov/size.Let’s proceed to the next eligibility requirement.
The fifth requirement is that the business concern must certify when it is performing a HUBZone contract that at least 35% of its employees engaged in performing that contract will reside within a SBA designated HUBZone.To view the current regualtions on HUBZONE Certification visit the link on this page.
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HUBZONE Getting Started ELIGIBILITY Step 1 – Confirming your HUBZONE Eligibility 1. Your business concerns principal office must be located in a Do you meet the 5 qualified SBA designated HUBZONE. basic HUBZONE Principal office means the location eligibility where the greatest number of the business concerns employees at requirements? any one location perform their work. Requirement #1 For those business concern’s whose primary industry is service or construction, the determination of To Verify: principal office excludes the http://map.sba.gov/hubzone/maps/ business concerns employees who perform the majority of their work at job-site locations to fulfill specific contract obligations.Cloveer, Inc. www HHH.cloveer.com WWW.CLOVEER.COM | 813-333-Your HUBZONE Specialists 5800
HUBZONE Getting Started ELIGIBILITY Step 1 – Confirming your HUBZONE Eligibility Do you meet the 5 basic HUBZONE eligibility requirements? Requirement #1 To Verify:http://map.sba.gov/hubzone/maps/
HUBZONE Getting Started ELIGIBILITY Step 1 – Confirming your HUBZONE Eligibility 2. Your business concern must be at least 51% unconditionally Do you meet the 5 and directly owned and controlled by persons who are US citizens. basic HUBZONE Unconditionally and directly eligibility owned means directly owning at least 51% of the business concern. requirements? Control means both the day-to-day management and long term decision Requirement #2 making authority for the business concern.Cloveer, Inc. www HHH.cloveer.com WWW.CLOVEER.COM | 813-333-Your HUBZONE Specialists 5800
HUBZONE Getting Started ELIGIBILITY Step 1 – Confirming your HUBZONE Eligibility 3. 35% of your business concerns employees must reside in a Do you meet the 5 SBA designated HUBZONE. Employee means any individual basic HUBZONE employed on a full-time, part-time, eligibility basis, so long as that individual requirements? works a minimum of 40 hours per month. This includes employees obtained from a temporary agency, Requirement #3 leasing concern, or through a union agreement or a professional employer organization (PEO). To Verify:http://map.sba.gov/hubzone/maps/ Reside means to live in a primary residence for at least 180 days, or as a currently registered voter. (Drivers License, State Issued ID or Voters Registration Card)Cloveer, Inc. www HHH.cloveer.com WWW.CLOVEER.COM | 813-333-Your HUBZONE Specialists 5800
HUBZONE Getting Started ELIGIBILITY Step 1 – Confirming your HUBZONE Eligibility 4. Your business concern must be classified as a small business Do you meet the 5 as defined by the SBA. basic HUBZONE Small business means the eligibility business concern, with its affiliates, must meet the size standard requirements? corresponding to its primary industry classification. Requirement #4 Example- Business Concern performing Commercial Construction with a NAICS code of 236220. Size To Verify: Standard of $33.5M. $33.5 averaged http://www.sba.gov/size over last three tax years.Cloveer, Inc. www HHH.cloveer.com WWW.CLOVEER.COM | 813-333-Your HUBZONE Specialists 5800
HUBZONE Getting Started ELIGBILITY Step 1 – Confirming your HUBZONE Eligibility 5. Certify that when performing a HUBZONE contract, at least Do you meet the 5 35% of it’s employees engaged in performing that contract will reside within a SBA designated HUBZONE. basic HUBZONE eligibility The business concern must attempt requirements? to maintain that applicable percentage state above during the performance of any HUBZONE Requirement #5 contract It receives.To View the Current HUBZone Regs: http://www.tinyurl.com/hubzoneregCloveer, Inc. www HHH.cloveer.com WWW.CLOVEER.COM | 813-333-Your HUBZONE Specialists 5800
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