Frequently Asked Questions

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What are HUBZones? Are they Census Bureau geographic areas?

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program stimulates economic development 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 in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. HUBZone criteria are set by law. They may be rural areas of a certain population; there are income and employment criteria too. They are also "qualified census tracts" in urban areas (HUD identifies these areas).

While census data are used in determining which areas qualify as HUBZones, the Census Bureau has no part in the actual determination of these areas, nor do Census Bureau tabulations contain data for HUBZones. Users with questions on HUBZones should visit the Small Business Administration Web site or contact the agency at (202) 205-8885.


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