HUBZone Workforce Model Suggested for Veterans

November 8, 2011

A federal task force has raised the idea of offering special privileges in government contracting to companies with a certain percentage of employees who are veterans.

The new type of business would have privileges similar to those afforded to small businesses in Historically Underutilized Business Zones, or HUBZones. HUBZones are federally designated economically depressed areas. To be eligible for set-aside contracts, HUBZone small business must have 35 percent of its total workforce living in the zone. Agencies have annual goals for awarding them contracts. 

The Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development said the government could apply that same principle for companies whose total workforce is comprised of at least 35 percent or more of veterans, including guard and reserve members.

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