A Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB) is a business in which at least 51 percent of the business is owned, operated and controlled by one or more minority groups (American Women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, or Native Americans or Service Disabled Veterans) who are economically disadvantaged and who have been historically underutilized because of their identification as members of these groups. Eligible entities (34 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rule §20.294) must have their principal place of business and permanent business office located in Texas and the qualifying owners must be a resident of the State of Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program policy is committed to assisting and promoting all HUB vendors, including Service Disabled Veterans (SDVs), with procurement opportunities.
The DPS HUB Program goal is to increase HUB participation through following:
DPS has adopted the Statewide HUB Program rules as its own. DPS is committed to promoting full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in state contracting in accordance with the goals specified in the State of Texas Disparity Study:
DPS and its contractors shall make a good faith effort to meet or exceed these goals and assist HUBs in receiving a portion of the total contract value of all contracts that DPS expects to award in a fiscal year.
Steps for working with the Department:
Each state agency (including institutions of higher education) that considers entering into a contract with an expected value of $100,000 or more shall, before the agency solicits bids, proposals, offers, or other applicable expressions of interest, determine whether subcontracting opportunities are probable under the contract.
If subcontracting opportunities are probable, each state agency's invitation for bids or other purchase solicitation documents for construction, professional services, other services, and commodities with an expected value of $100,000 or more shall state that probability and require a HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP).
The Statewide HUB Program documents expenditures made by state agencies and institutions of higher education annually and semi-annually in its HUB Report. These reports can enable vendors to:
In accordance with Texas Government Code §2161.065, and 34 TAC Rule §20.298 the purpose of the Mentor Protégé Program is to assist in fostering long-term relationships between Prime Contractors and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). The ultimate goal of the program is to provide developmental assistance to HUBs that will potentially increase their ability to contract directly with the State and/or to obtain subcontracting opportunities under a state contract. Through the Mentor Protégé Program, DPS will consider the cost effectiveness in broadening the pool to develop contract relationships between a mentor and protégé.
Existing DPS Mentor Protégé Agreements
For complete program details and a list of participants, visit the HUB Mentor Protégé Program on the TPASS website.
Economic Opportunity Forums (EOFs) provide numerous opportunities to disseminate and share information about public and private sector procurement, as well as increase networking opportunities with small, minority, and women-owned businesses.
DPS sponsors business forums in which HUB and MWBE vendors are invited by state agencies to deliver technical and business presentations demonstrating their capability to do business with the agency. View upcoming Economic Opportunity Forums.
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