ALL is a certified HUBZone company (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Our mission is to provide integrated scientific and technology systems, and by being a HUBZone designated business ALL is also dedicated to enriching and serving the community we live in through urban renewal programs and community outreach.
MISSION: Provide Federal contracting opportunities for certain qualified small business concerns located in distressed communities in an effort to promote private sector investment and employment opportunities in these communities. Fostering the growth of Federal contractors in these areas and ensuring that these contractors become viable businesses for the long term will help to empower these areas while not adversely affecting recent efforts to streamline and improve the Federal procurement process.
Over the past several years, the Administration and Congress have advanced proposals to improve economic opportunities in distressed communities throughout the country. Both the Administration and Congress have sought to promote economic development and employment growth in such communities through access to Federal contract opportunities.
This program seeks to encourage economic development in historically underutilized business zones – or HUBZones – through establishment of preferences for award of Federal contracts to small businesses located in these areas. The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. The program falls under the auspices of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The final rule to implement the Program was issued on June 11, 1998. Program enhancements through amendments to this ’98 final rule appeared in the Federal Register on June 18, 2001 and were effective February 20, 2001.
QUALIFICATION: A concern may be determined to be a "qualified HUBZone small business concern" if it is:
1. small by SBA standards; 2. located in an "historically underutilized business zone;" 3. owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation or Indian tribe; and 4. at least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone.
HISTORICALLY UNDERUTILIZED BUSINESS ZONES:
URBAN – Metropolitan Areas – Qualified Census Tracts (7,000)
RURAL - Non-metropolitan Counties: (determined by income or unemployment) (900)
NATIVE AMERICAN -- Federally recognized Indian reservations
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CONTRACTING OFFICERSThere are four types of HUBZone contract opportunities:
Competitive: Contracts can be set-aside for HUBZone competition when the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small business concerns (SBCs) will submit offers and that the contract will be awarded at a fair market price.
Sole-source: HUBZone contracts can be awarded if the contracting officer determines that: only one qualified HUBZone SBC is responsible to perform the contract, two or more qualified HUBZone SBCs are not likely to submit offers and the anticipated award price of the proposed contract, including options, will not exceed: --- $5 million for a requirement within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for manufacturing or --- $3 million for a requirement within all other NAICS codes
Full and open competitive contracts can be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone small business must not be 10 percent higher than the offer of a non-small business.
Subcontracting: All subcontracting plans for large business Federal contractors must include a HUBZone subcontracting goal.