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Historically Underutilized Businesses Program

TABC stands with Texas’ commitment to promoting full and equal business opportunities for all businesses. The Statewide Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program aims to increase contracting opportunities for minority and woman-owned businesses that want to do business with state agencies, including TABC. 

TABC makes a good faith effort to use HUBs in construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases. If you have questions about TABC’s HUB Program, contact our HUB coordinator at 512-206-3264 or

What Is a HUB?

A Historically Underutilized Business must be at least 51% owned by a person who is a member of one or more of the following groups: 

  • Asian Pacific Americans  
  • Black Americans  
  • Hispanic Americans  
  • Native Americans  
  • American women of any ethnicity  
  • Service-disabled veterans with a service-related disability of 20% or greater 

The HUB must also meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Must be a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standard prescribed by 34 TAC §20.294
  • Principal place of business is in Texas.  
  • The 51% owner lives in Texas, has a proportionate interest and demonstrates active participation in the control of the business, operations and routine management. 

HUB Certification

Getting your business certified as a HUB is free, but you’ll need to apply through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts first. You’ll submit a HUB certification application and supporting documentation, affirming under penalty of perjury that your business qualifies as a HUB. 

Apply to be a HUB and learn more on the Comptroller’s website.

TABC’s HUB Goals

The Texas Legislature requires each agency to make a good faith effort to assure that HUBs receive a portion of all contract dollars. During the fiscal year, TABC is expected to strive to meet the following HUB goals: 

  • 23.7% for professional services contracts (architects, engineers, accounting, financial and medical services). 
  • 26% for other services contracts (legal, maintenance, repair, janitorial, printing, deliver, waste disposal, communications and many other services). 
  • 21.1% for commodities contracts. 

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