Hanford has been selected as one of a handful of communities across the country to host “Destination HUB” HUBZone training for small businesses on Aug. 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration said.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone program, administered by the Small Business Administration, helps small businesses in communities that traditionally do not receive a large amount of federal contracting money gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities, the Small Business Administration said.
The training, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, will show small business owners how to prepare a successful HUBZone application, obtain certification and use it to market their businesses to federal contracting officials. The training is free and will give businesses an opportunity to meet with contracting officials from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Lemoore Naval Air Station and the General Services Administration.
“The goal of this event is to give Valley small businesses intensive technical assistance to learn how HUBZone certification can help them grow their business with contracting,” said Carlos Mendoza, Fresno SBA district director. “The federal government has a goal to award 3 percent of all prime federal contracts to HUBZone certified businesses. HUBZone certification is a way for Valley small businesses to better compete for federal contracting dollars.”