The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the launch of a new Historically Underutilized Business Zones map (via Google Chrome) at www.sba.gov/hubzone-maps. In a release, the SBA stated that the HUBZone map is the first step in the modernization effort of SBA’s federal contracting programs. The SBA and U.S. Digital Service have partnered to “streamline and enhance” online services for small businesses.
The new map provides vital assistance to small business owners in urban and rural communities in the process of determining if they are eligible for HUBZone’s program. It features:
- Latest HUBZone designations
- “Qualified Disaster Areas”
- New features to improve usability and assist with HUBZone address assertions
“We are excited about our partnership with the White House’s U.S. Digital Service and the improvements made to the HUBZone maps to modernize SBA’s contracting programs – making them more user-friendly, agile and nimble for the busy entrepreneurs that we support,” stated SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “This is one of many projects that we have worked on with the USDS team to leverage technology to support America’s small businesses.”
“The United States Digital Service is proud to work with the Small Business Administration to connect small businesses with opportunities through the certify.SBA.gov program,” said Matt Cutts, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. “Our team is excited about the launch of the improved HUBZone map. We’re honored to work with the dedicated staff at SBA to continue to modernize the tools and services that support small businesses.”
Launched in March 2016, certify.SBA.gov streamlines the certification processes for entrepreneurs looking to do business with the federal government. In the future, the website will eventually assist with the certification processes of the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs.
For more details about the HUBZone map please visit www.sba.gov/hubzone.