1. The business is a small business.
2. The business is entirely owned by a citizen of the United States – Craig Hullinger.
3. The principal office for the corporation must be in a HUB Zone at 423 High Street Peoria, IL 61606.
4. Over 35% of the company's staff including consultants resides in the HUB Zone at 423 High Street, Peoria IL 61606.
HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program provides federal contracting opportunities for small business concerns located in economically distressed communities in order to increase employment opportunities, stimulate capital investments in those areas, and empower communities through economic leveraging. HUBZone areas are determined by various census data. To qualify as a HUBZone, a business must meet the following criteria:
- It must be a small business by SBA size standards;
- Its principal office must be located within a HUBZone, which includes lands on federally recognized Indian reservations;
- It must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens. Approved ownership can also be by a Community Development Corporation or Indian tribe; and
- At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.
More information on the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
A service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern is a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veterans. In the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans and the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.
Service-disabled veteran means a veteran with a disability that is service-connected; the disability was incurred in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. active military, naval or air service.
SDVOSBs are eligible for sole source contracts and restricted competitions. All contracts valued at $100,000 or more include a clause, which requires the prime contractor to provide the maximum practicable opportunity to SDVOSBs to compete for subcontracts.
Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
A veteran-owned small business concern is a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans. In the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more veterans and the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans. VOSBs are not eligible for sole source contracts and procurement set-asides however the FAR requires federal agencies to actively encourage their prime contractors to use VOSBs as subcontractors. All contracts valued at $100,000 or more include a clause, which requires the prime contractor to provide the maximum practicable opportunity to VOSBs to compete for subcontracts.
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
A women-owned small business concern is a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women. In the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more women and the management and daily operations of the business are controlled by one or more women.
WOSBs are not eligible for sole source contracts and procurement set-asides however the FAR requires federal agencies to actively encourage their prime contractors to use WOSBs as subcontractors. All contracts valued at $100,000 or more include a clause, which requires the prime contractor to provide the maximum practicable opportunity to WOSBs to compete for subcontracts.
DOT's Small and Disadvantaged Business Program is designed to ensure that Small Businesses have an equitable opportunity to participate in DOT's procurement programs and that they receive a fair share of the resulting contract awards. A Small Business is one that:
- Is organized for profit;
- Has a place of business in the United States;
- Makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy by paying taxes or using American products, materials or labor; and
- Does not exceed the numerical Size Standard for its industry (see Table below).
The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) has aligned its classification standard with the official classification from SBA. SBA has a Size Standard for all private sector industries in the U.S. economy. SBA uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to identify the industries. Size Standards (usually stated in number of employees or average annual receipts) represent the largest size that a business (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) may be to remain classified as a Small Business for SBA's programs and for federal contracting
programs. SBA has several general Size Standards (see Table below).
If the size of a business exceeds the size standard for its overall industry group, it may still be a Small Business for the specific NAICS industry in that group. Some industries have higher size standards than the general one for the industry group. A Table of Size Standards by NAICS industry is on SBA's Size Standards Web Page. For federal contracting, a Small Business must meet the Size Standard stated in the solicitation. The contracting officer designates the Size Standard of the procurement by selecting the Size Standard established for the NAICS industry that best describes the principle purpose of the procurement.
Table of SBA Size Standards
A business in one of the following industry groups is small if its size is not greater than:
|Industry Group||Size Standard|
|Wholesale Trade||100 employees|
|Retail Trade||$7 million|
|General & Heavy Construction||$33.5 million|
|Special Trade Construction Contractors||$14 million|
|Business and Personal Services|
(Except Architectural, Engineering, Surveying, and Mapping Services)
data processing and
systems design )
|Small Business Size Standards matched to NAICS|
More information on the SBA size standards can be found on the SBA Website.
Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act authorizes SBA to contract for goods and services with federal agencies. SBA then subcontracts actual performance of the work to socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, which have been certified by SBA as eligible to receive these contracts. The major advantage of this program is that it allows the government to contract, on a noncompetitive basis, with socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. SBA also offers managerial, technical, and financial support to participating firms not to exceed $3 million per contract.
DOT gives special emphasis to identifying procurement requirements for matching with the capabilities and potential of approved 8(a) firms. DOT has obtained special authority from the SBA to negotiate directly with 8(a) firms on the behalf of SBA.
Program participation is divided into two stages. The developmental stage is designed to help 8(a) certified firms overcome their economic disadvantage by providing personalized business assistance in expanding their business and fostering meaningful business relationships. This period covers years one through four of a firm’s participation. The transitional stage is designed to help program participants become more effective in both the large business and government sector market in dealing with complex business deals and to prepare them for post 8(a) program expansion and development. Formal certification is required by the SBA. This period occurs from the fifth through the ninth year of the firm's participation in the program. Businesses must meet eligibility requirements established by the SBA each year including pre-established 8(a) vs. non-8(a) revenue mixes.More information about the 8(a) program can be found on the SBA Website.
Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOB)
To qualify as a WOB, a small business concern must meet the following two conditions:
- At least 51 percent owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and
- Management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
More information about WOB programs can be found on the SBA Website.
The Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) provides the following services free to anyone who served in the active military, naval or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable:
- Vendor Information Pages (VIP) – a veteran business database that lists businesses that are 51% or more owned by veterans or service-connected disabled veterans. VIP averages over 4500 visits per month accounting for over 4100 vendor searches by federal agencies, prime contractors and private citizens. This database is also the sole source for all inquiries for market research requested through CVE and VA. VIP is located at http://www.vip.vetbiz.gov/
- Assistance Program Pages (APP) – an electronic Clearinghouse that provides a wealth of resources for the veteran contemplating small business ownership and veteran small business owners considering expansion. This database of professional business development organizations provides assistance in startup, financing and procurement as well as other areas in your local community. APP provides a one stop resource center for veterans interested in business ownership and can be found at http://app.vetbiz.gov/
- Business, Coaching, Networking and Outreach -- In-house experts help veteran business owners with specific business questions, brainstorming and counseling. For information, call toll free at 866-584-2344 or send an email to VACVE@va.gov
In 2003, Congress created a procurement program for small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans (commonly referred to as the "Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Procurement Program"). The purpose of the program is to provide federal contracting assistance to SDVOSBs.
There is no federal SDVOSB certification program. The service disabled veteran business owner self represents his or her service-disabled status and small business status in the contract representations and certifications. To be eligible for the SDVOSB program, a veteran must be able to produce one of the following stating that s/he has a service-connected disability in the event of a protest:
- Adjudication letter from the Veterans Administration; or
- Department of Defense Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
To be seen as a SDVOSB, a small business concern must meet the following two conditions and this is a self-certification process:
- At least 51 percent owned by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans; and
- Management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans (or in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such a veteran).
Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Businesses
The HUBZone Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting preferences to small businesses. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) certification from the SBA. To qualify for the program, a business (except tribally-owned concerns) must meet the following criteria:
- It must be a small business by SBA standards;
- It must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, or an agricultural cooperative or an Indian tribe;
- Its principal office must be located within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act; and
- At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.
More information on HUBZones can be found on the SBA Website.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs)
DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and control management and daily business operations.
- African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged.
- Other individuals can be characterized as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.
- To participate in the program, a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from their relevant state or local transportation agency. Note: this is not a federal certification and is not applicable to federal contracts.
- Irrespective of what the size standard is, a firm cannot exceed the size of $22.41 million and still be seen as aSmall Business. This size limit is periodically adjusted for inflation.
Any federal contractor receiving a contract for more than the simplified acquisition threshold must agree in the contract that small businesses (including veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses), will have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the contract consistent with its efficient performance. Furthermore, large prime contractors receiving a federal contract exceeding $500,000 ($1 million in the case of construction), and that offer subcontracting opportunities, must establish subcontracting plans with goals that provide opportunities to these small businesses.
OSDBU works closely with Small Business Administration and its Procurement Center Representatives (PCRs) to coordinate policy direction and develop new initiatives on subcontracting issues including evaluating, reviewing, and making recommendations on subcontracting plans. OSDBU also helps large prime contractors in identifying potential small businesses to assist them in attaining their subcontracting goals.
For more information, visit the Subcontracting with DOT page.
DOT Financial Recipients
Each year US DOT provides substantial financial assistance to state and local transportation agencies for their highway, transit, and airport improvement programs. These agencies are then required to allocate a percentage of these funds to small firms that are certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). For more information, visit the DBE Program page.