Open Forum HUBZone Helpline to Help Nebraska Small Business

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The SBA's HUBZone Office is excited to announce its new Helpline “Office Hours” to help small business concerns find solutions to their HUBZone certification questions.  Our Office Hours will allow a discussion and dialog with HUBZone staff about the HUBZone application process and provide advice and guidance on eligibility and continuing eligibility issues.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas.

WHO:  Anyone interested in learning more about the purpose and eligibility requirements of the HUBZone program, the initial application, recertification process, and maintaining HUBZone eligibility.

WHAT:  An interactive conference call with rotating roster of HUBZone Office staff that will present a topic for discussion and then open the forum up for discussion.  The calls will last one hour, and can accommodate up to 120 callers. 

Each session will focus on a specific topic that a HUBZone staff member will cover in-depth, with time for questions and responses afterwards.  Questions need not be limited to the scheduled topic; however, specific inquiries about an application status should be directed to your assigned analyst or hubzone@sba.gov - if your case has not yet been assigned. 

WHY:  To provide the public with a regularly scheduled office hours opportunity for general information, and guidance about the HUBZone Program eligibility and continuing eligibility requirements. 

WHERE:  Dial 800-858-2144 Access code 3061773#

WHEN:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm to 3pm EST – starting Tuesday, September 18, 2012. 

For more information, visit:  www.sba.gov/hubzone or call Kathleen Piper at 402-221-7205 or Lisa Tedesco at 402-221-7229.

For information about Government Contracting, visit: www.sba.gov/contracting