Sonoma, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2009
To help support the rights of HUBZone certified small business, Power Law Office, a small law firm dedicated to supporting small businesses contracting with the Federal government, has gathered the legal basis for the HUBZone set-aside preference, including language in the Small Business Act, the SBA regulations, the FAR regulations, and the court and GAO decisions upholding the HUBZone preference, and put these on a CD. There is also a form letter which can be sent to a contracting officer pointing out his or her legal obligation to issue a solicitation as a HUBZone set-aside. The letter is in Word format and it can easily be customized
A free copy of this CD is available by sending a request to info (at) powerlawoffice (dot) com and providing the name and address to which you want the CD sent. If you know anyone else who would like this CD, please forward this information to them.
The Small Business Act requires that federal agencies give a preference to HUBZone set-asides over other small business categories, including 8(a) and Veterans, when certain conditions are met. The Small Business Administration supports this policy, but many local SBA officials and even more contracting officers seem to be unaware of the HUBZone preference. They continue to solicit contract requirements as 8(a), Veterans, or other small business set-asides when they are required by law to be set-aside exclusively for HUBZone businesses participation.
The percentage of contracts set-aside for HUBZone participation is lower than other SBA small business categories. This is despite the preference HUBZone set-asides have over the other small business categories. Power Law Office believes that If the HUBZone program was being properly administered, the number of contracts going to HUBZone concerns would be significantly higher. In these difficult economic times when creating jobs in economically distressed areas is a national priority, the HUBZone program should be a key element. With the SBA and the federal agencies unable to expand this program on their own, private business will have to enforce the provisions of this program.