The U.S. Small Business Administration will present How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification, a two-part series at 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone program promotes job growth, capital investment and economic development by providing contracting opportunities to small businesses in economically distressed communities.

The federal government has a mandated contracting goal to award 3 percent of federal contracts to HUBZone firms.

The two 45-minute webinars will help small-business owners learn:

How to obtain and maintain the HUBZone certification.

How to form joint ventures.

How to survive HUBZone status protests to contracts.

How to compete for HUBZone contracts.

How to maintain good record keeping to ensure compliance with the program.

How affiliated businesses are evaluated.

How to obtain HUBZone contracting requirements.

Tuesday’s webinar will explain how HUBZone areas are designated, how to maintain HUBZone certification after an area loses designation and regulatory requirements. The Dec. 17 webinar will focus on how HUBZone affiliated businesses are treated, joint ventures and HUBZone contracting requirements.

Registration is free, but is required. Register at

Mason W. Canales

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