Top 5 States with SBA HUBZone Businesses

There are 5,313 active SBA HUBZone Application firms as of October 2015. Below is an infographic showing the location by state and number of active SBA HUBZone Certified firms. The source of this information is the SBA Dynamic Small Business database.

HUBZone MAP

HUBZone MAP

The top five states with HUBZone Certified Firms are:
1. California – 481
2. Virginia – 371
3. Oklahoma – 300
4. Texas – 261
5. Maryland – 237

The top five states with the lowest number of HUBZone Certified firms are:
1. Delaware – 3
2. Rhode Island – 7
3. Vermont – 11
4. Connecticut – 14
5. Maine – 15

This information is provided by Cloveer.com.

Cloveer provides products and services on the SBA 8(a), HUBZone, and VA VetBiz programs.

How to understand and interpret the HUBZone Application Submission Timeline

Below is the typical HUBZone Application timeline including how to interpret any messages you receive from the SBA after submitting your HUBZone Application.

Step Message From SBA Details Length of Time
Application Submitted Your Application has been submitted, but not authorized for processing. You should receive and email Nominal. As long as it takes for you to check your email and authorize the application.
Received You authorized your HUBZone Application, but is not complete until SBA requests and receives all supporting documents. Do not send any supporting documents prior to the SBA’s formal request. After you receive the SBA’s formal request, you have 10 business days to submit all of the requested documents. If you need an extension, you can email hubzonedocuments@sba.gov. Once the SBA receives your supporting documents, your HUBZone case will be assigned to a SBA reviewer. SBA may decline your application if any of the supporting documents are not received on or before the submission date. The day that you authorized the HUBZone application is your electronic verification date. This is the date that all of your supporting documents must cover. Typically 7-14 days.
On Hold Documents Your application is on hold awaiting additional information or documentation. After you submit the supporting documents, your application status may still show this message until your application is assigned to a SBA reviewer Typically 1-4 weeks.
First Level Review Your application has been assigned to an SBA analyst and is under first level review. Your first level reviewer may or may not request additional documentation from you. If additional documentation is required, your status may reverse back to On Hold Documents Typically 3-5 weeks.
Second Level Review Your application is under second level review. The first level review is complete and is being reviewed by a second set of eyes. Typically 1-3 weeks.
Final Review Your application is under final review. Final review will end with a final agency decision Typically 2-4 weeks.
Final Determination
(One or the other will occur)
Your application has been declined. You can view the details in your online correspondence history. If your firm is declined, you may reapply after 90 days. There is no reconsideration of HUBZone Applications. The decision to approve or decline is the final agency decision Complete – Determination rendered
Your application has been approved. You can view the details in your online correspondence history. Congratulations.

Special Statuses not listed above

Step Message From SBA Details Length of Time
Size Review Your application was forwarded to SBA’s Area Size Office for additional review. Some HUBZone Applications require a review by a SBA size specialist. Additional information may be requested by the SBA size Specialist. Varies
Legal Review Your application was forwarded to SBA’s Office of General Counsel for a legal review. Some HUBZone Application require a review by an SBA attorney. Additional information may be requested by the SBA. Varies
Withdrawn Your application has been withdrawn. You may reapply at any time. Complete
No Authorization Received – Withdrawn Your application was automatically withdrawn because no one from your firm authorized it for processing. You failed to follow the Received Step above. Complete
System Rejected Your application was rejected because according to your responses in the online application, your firm does not meet the HUBZone Eligibility requirements. Check your responses within your online application Complete

Need assistance with your HUBZone Application?

Why should you choose Cloveer Inc. to prepare your HUBZone Application?

1. We live and breath HUBZone Certification!

  • We keep up to date on all of the latest daily SBA HUBZone Program changes.
  • We have a detailed understanding of the current SBA HUBZone Regulations.

2. We have a very strong success rate!

  • We maintain a success rate of over 99% for clients we pre-qualify.
  • We have assisted hundreds of small businesses to achieve and maintain their HUBZone Program Certification.
  • We have real references to back up our success rate, that you can contact.

3. We have 15+ years of experience within the HUBZone Program!

  • All services performed are by Cloveer employees, not outside contractors, like some of our competitors.
  • Our principals (Rick and Monica Otero) worked in their family’s 8(a) Certified business. It was one of the country’s most successful 8(a), high-tech, information technology and electronics concerns. It was recognized for five consecutive years as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, by Inc. Magazine

4. We won’t waste your time!

  • We pre-qualify all potential clients for our full HUBZone Application Service. We are not interested in wasting your time or ours if you do not qualify.
  • When you as a question, you will get a straight answer with no double talk.
  • Even if you don’t qualify currently we will identify the workaround to your specific issue(s) so you can apply down the road.

5. We believe in Customer Service!

  • We believe in treating every client with respect they deserve as a small business.
  • Our service agreements guarantee protection of their confidential information.
  • All information provided to us is protected on our secure services and will never be shared with anyone.

Finally. We are the best HUBZone Program consultant that is available on the market. The others just try to emulate us.

Visit the Cloveer HUBZone Website or call us at 813-333-5800 for more information.

Top 5 States with HUBZone Certified Firms

Update: As of May 2014, the number has dropped to 5,987. See below for April Data. This is a drop of 45 hubzone certified participants since April.

There are 6,032 active SBA HUBZone Certified firms as of April 2014. Below is an info graphic showing the location by state and number of active SBA HUBZone Certified firms. The source of this information is the SBA Dynamic Small Business database.

HUBZone infographic

HUBZone Certified Firms by Location as of April 2014

The top five states with HUBZone Certified Firms are:
1. California – 540
2. Oklahoma – 361
3. Virginia – 310
4. Texas – 279
5. Florida – 243

The top five states with the lowest number of HUBZone Certified firms are:
1. Delaware – 5
2. Rhode Island – 7
3. Vermont – 13
4. Maine – 18
5. Connecticut – 20

This information is provided by Cloveer.com.

Cloveer provides products and services on the SBA 8(a), HUBZone, 8(m) and VA VetBiz programs.

 

A list of items required for HUBZone Certification

A list of Items required for HUBZone Certification

1. SAM, SBA DSBS and DUNS profiles (all registrations must match address of principal office of the firm).

2. Identification of Primary NAICS code for firm.

3. Identification of Principal Office, Other Offices, Jobsites and Business mailing address if different from principal office address. Also provide the days and hours each office is staffed.

4. Average number of employees on the payroll during the last 12 calendar months.

5. Lease/rental agreement for principal office and any other offices. The lease agreement must identify the full name of the business and the address indicated as the principal office. If the location is a residence, a copy of the deed must be provided.

6. Liability Insurance for principal office.

7. Utility bill or Telephone bill (for period covering date of electronic submittal). This bill must identify the full name of the business and the address indicated as the principal office.

8. A copy of the most recent Balance Sheet and Income Statement for firm.

9. Last three (3) years of business’ tax returns, including all schedules and attachments, or as many as the firm has, if less than 3 years for the applicant firm.

10. Last three (3) years of business’ tax returns, including all schedules and attachments, or as many as the firm has, if less than 3 years for all affiliate firms.

11. Most recent personal Federal tax return for all owners, including all schedules,  attachments and W-2’s.

12. Citizenship documentation of all business owner(s) that are U.S. citizens

13. Payroll report covering date of electronic submission.

14. Does the company have an ESOP plan? Copy of ESOP plan must be provided, if applicable.

15. Does the company have any Joint Venture agreements? Copy of Join Venture plan must be provided, if applicable. Additional information may be needed on the JV and any affiliates.

16. For anyone who is a stock holder, board member or officer – do they have ownership or hold a position in another company? If yes, they must provide the last three years of taxes for each company identified. Additional information may be needed, if the primary NAICS code is a based upon employees vs. dollars.

If the Firm is a Corporation:

1. Copy of firms Articles of Incorporation and any amendments and foreign filings

2. Copy of any DBA or Fictitious Business Name Filings

3. Copies of all issued/cancelled stock certificates (front and back), and stock ledger

4. Corporate Bylaws and any amendments

5. Current Certificate of Good Standing from each state you operate within

6. Listing of all current board members

If the firm is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

1. Copy of the firms Articles of Organization and any amendments and foreign filings

2. Copy of any DBA or Fictitious Business Name Filings

3. Copy of the firms Operating Agreement and any amendments

4. Current Certificate of Good Standing from each state you operate within

If the firm is a Partnership

1. Copy of the firms Partnership Filing and any amendments and foreign filings

2. Copy of any DBA or Fictitious Business Name Filings

3. Partnership Agreement and any amendments

4. Current Certificate of Good Standing from each state you operate within

If the firm is a Sole Proprietor

1.Copy of any DBA or Fictitious Business Name Filings

All other information required:

1. HUBZone maps of employees’ home address

2. Most recent State Unemployment tax filing/report and Federal Form 941

3. Valid (unexpired) Drivers License, DMV ID or voter registration cards for each employee residing in a HUBZone

4. Provide a listing of any paid or unpaid owners, for salary or hourly employees or any other individuals who work for the firm. List should include full name, home address, number of hours worked per week and work location(principal office, other office, or job site).

5. Identify if there are any shared employees, shared facilities or equipment, shared licenses required to do business or bonding assistance between the applicant firm and any affiliates.

6.If you use independent contractors, you must provide:

a. The complete name(s) of all independent contractor(s); b. Signed copies of all executed contracts; c. Detailed description of work performed by all independent contractors including the number of hours work, the type of work performed, and where they perform their work. d. Copies of all invoices from the independent contractors, and proof of payment for all invoices; e. If any of the independent contractors have or have had in the past, business cards issued by your firm, please provide a copy of the business card; f. If any of the independent contractors have email accounts issued to them by your firm, please provide the individual’s email address.

7.Signed and Notarized HUBZone Program Certification Signature Sheet

For more information and assistance with your HUBZone Application, please call us at 813-333-5800 or visit http://www.cloveer.com/hubzoneapplication.html.

5 common hubzone eligibility questions

1. Can a startup company apply for HUBZone Certification and get Certified?

Answer: Yes. A startup company can apply for HUBZone Certification and get Certified as long as it can meet the basic eligibility requirements. You must be able to provide a current lease or rental agreement for the principal office, or a deed or rental agreement, for your primary residence, if you operate out of your residence. You must also provide a copy of the most recent (less than 30 days old) utility bill or telephone bill in the name of the business concern too for the principal office location.

2. If I don’t have commercial office space can I get HUBZone Certified?

Answer: Yes. If your principal office is located within your residence you will need to provide a copy of the deed for the property.

3. If I am the only owner and employee for the business and do not pay myself a salary, can I get HUBZone certified?

Answer: Yes. all non-paid owners who work 40 hours, a month, are considered an employee. In this case, your principal office and residence must be located in designated SBA HUBZone.

4. If I have multiple office locations, how does the SBA handle this?

Answer: You are required to have a separate Dun and Bradstreet profile for each office location where you have a lease or rental agreement. Your principal office will be determined as the office where the greatest number of employees report to. Jobsites or client sites are excluded.

5. Is there a basic checklist of documents that I must gather for my HUBZone Application?

Answer. Yes. Download our basic checklist. This checklist may not identify everything needed by you or your business concern based upon your unique circumstances. The items in this checklist must meet certain regulatory requirements so we suggest using the checklist for gathering purposes only and not for submission.

For more information on HUBZone Certification call us at 813-333-5800 or visit http://www.cloveer.com/hubzoneapplication.html.

3 SBA HUBZone Application Killers

1. The firm’s Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) profile does not show the correct company name or primary/physical office address.

Your firm’s Dun and Bradstreet profile must show the exact name of your company as it is shown on your Articles of Formation (Organization or Incorporation) documents. If you operate as a sole proprietor, your Dun and Bradstreet profile should show the full name of the individual and not a dba name (Doing Business Name) or fictitious business name used.

 Additionally, your Dun and Bradstreet profile must show the correct primary/physical office address that you defined within your HUBZone application.

2. Payroll reports provided do not contain all of required information. 

Your payroll report must show all employee names, number of hours worked for that pay period, the beginning and ending date of the pay period, wages, taxes and any adjustments.  

Any employee who has been defined as one the 35% required to meet the SBA regulations must have worked a minimum of 40 hours in the month of the payroll report provided to be considered as full-time and they must appear on the payroll report covering the application date.

3. Articles of Formation (Organization or Incorporation) filed with your Secretary of State show a principal office address at some place other than what you defined in your HUBZone Application paperwork.

If you have changed your principal office address after filing your original or amended formation documents you must ensure that all filed documentation with your Secretary of State shows the principal office address that you have defined within your HUBZone Application.

These are just 3 of many HUBZone Application killers that will get your application denied. A denial of your HUBZone Application results in a minimum of 90 days day’s until you can reapply again. Submitting incorrect or inconsistent information can cause your application to be severely delayed.

If you are looking for assistance in preparing a complete and compliant HUBZone Application so it is submitted correctly and results in a successful HUBZone Certification in 90 days or less, please call us at 813-333-5800 or visit http://www.cloveer.com/hubzoneapplication.html.

We have a 100% success rate for all HUBZone Applications prepared and submitted.