HUBZone workshops scheduled

MONTPELIER — The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that the federal government has expanded its Historically Underutilized Business Zones program in Vermont. Addison, Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windsor and Windham counties are now designated as HUBZone counties, giving small businesses more access to federal contracts through the program. In these areas, the SBA and the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center will hold a series of free workshops. These will allow procurement counselors to communicate the necessary information required to qualify for the HUBZone Program, as well as information for the certification process. The workshop schedule is as follows: 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec.

Vt. companies get more access to US contracts

The U.S. government recently expanded a program that gives rural small businesses more access to federal contracts. The Historically Underutilized Business Zones program, or HUBZone program, is a national program that helps small businesses gain preferential access to federal contracts due to limited economic development in rural communities. It is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA. The program’s recent expansion in Vermont is due to a change in federal regulation. The SBA changed its regulations to implement certain sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016.