*WASHINGTON, D.C.*The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today
that it has launched a new Historically Underutilized Business Zones map
(via Google Chrome) at www.sba.gov/hubzone-maps [
. The HUBZone map is the first step in the modernization effort of SBAs
federal contracting programs. SBA has partnered with the U.S. Digital
Service to streamline and enhance online services for small businesses.
The new HUBZone map helps small businesses in urban and rural communities
determine if they are eligible for participation in HUBZones program. It
features the latest HUBZone designations, Qualified Disaster Areas and new
features to improve usability and assist with HUBZone address assertions.
We are excited about our partnership with the White Houses U.S. Digital
Service and the improvements made to the HUBZone maps to modernize SBAs
contracting programs - making them more user-friendly, agile and nimble
for the busy entrepreneurs that we support, SBA Administrator Linda
McMahon said. This is one of many projects that we have worked on with the
USDS team to leverage technology to support Americas 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."
In March 2016, the SBA launched[https://certify.sba.gov/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ].
a modernized, web-based application to further streamline and improve the
application and certification processes for small businesses and
entrepreneurs seeking to do business with the federal government. Certify
currently facilitates complete application and certification workflow for
the Women Owned Small Business Program, including access to third party
certification for women-owned small businesses. To help firms assess their
eligibility for SBA contracting programs, Certify s Am I Eligible? tool
helps small businesses determine if the certification programs are a good
fit for their businesses through a series of questions. The site will
eventually serve additional SBA certification programs, including 8(a)
Business Development Program [
] and the HUBZone Program [