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Historically Underutilized Business

The TCEQ's Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB) provides assistance to small businesses owned by minorities, women, and disabled service veterans.

About Historically Underutilized Business

The purpose of the HUB program is to promote access to full and equal procurement opportunities in state contracting to all businesses.  All state agencies and universities are required to make a good faith effort to include HUBs in procurement opportunities for goods and services. 

The TCEQ is committed to providing direct and indirect procurement opportunities to HUBs and minority/women-owned enterprises (MBE/WBE – EPA program) as prime contractors and subcontractors, respectively.   HUB certification is the first step a business must take to participate in the program.

HUB Certification

 HUB certification increases exposure to opportunities to provide goods and services to state agencies, universities and prime contractors.  HUB certification is free and good for four years if a business maintains eligibility.  Vendors may qualify for HUB certification if they are:

  • a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 TAC §20.23 and has its principal place of business in Texas; and
  • at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman and/or Service Disabled Veteran, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations, and management of the entity’s affairs.

For more information regarding HUB certification, visit the Comptroller of Public Accounts’ website on HUB certification or call CPA-TPASS Business Services at 512-463-5872, or toll free in Texas at 888-863-5881. 

Electronic State Business Daily

Procurement Opportunities of at least $25,000 or more must be posted on the Electronic State Business Daily web page for a minimum of 14 or 21 days, depending on the solicitation.  More information can be found on the CPA-TPASS website.  Vendors may search for procurement opportunities by agency or by NIGP code.  

Centralized Master Bidders List

The TCEQ accesses the CPA-TPASS’ Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) and HUB Directory to locate businesses interested in participating in TCEQ’s procurement opportunities.  Certified HUB vendors are automatically listed on the HUB Directory for free.  However, to maximize exposure to state agencies and universities, vendors should also consider registering on the CMBL.  Registration on the CMBL also provides vendors with notifications based on the NIGP codes listed in the vendor’s CMBL profile for solicitations of at least $25,000.

More information regarding CMBL registration is available on the Comptroller of Public Accounts' website or contact CPA-TPASS Bid Services at 512-463-3453. 

Calendar of HUB Events for Economic Opportunity Forums (EOFs)

Economic Opportunity Forums are networking and educational events held by state or other governmental entities, trade organizations, business development centers, and others.  These events provide vendors with important information regarding the HUB program and other programs focused on providing procurement opportunities for HUBs.  Attending these forums provides access to state agencies’ and universities’ purchasing representatives and HUB coordinators to receive valuable information on selling goods or services to their respective organizations.  To access the various EOFs held throughout the state, visit the calendar of events on CPA-TPASS’ website

Procurement Opportunities Available at TCEQ

The TCEQ purchases a wide variety of goods and services both directly through prime contracting and indirectly through subcontracting.  Examples of these items are:

  • Environmental engineering
  • Land surveying
  • Safety equipment
  • Lab equipment
  • Computer equipment and peripherals
  • Laboratory services
  • Testing and monitoring services for air, gas, water and soil
  • Environmental drilling
  • Environmental remediation
  • Hazardous waste transportation 

TCEQ’s Pre-Solicitation Conferences

TCEQ holds a pre-solicitation conference for most of its solicitations posted on the ESBD.  These pre-solicitation conferences are excellent opportunities for HUB vendors to attend and network with interested prime contractors.  The agenda incorporates a “Meet the Prime” session for interested HUB subcontractors to market and provide valuable information regarding their business.  TCEQ’s HUB Program evaluates potential subcontracting opportunities for each solicitation and sends out email notifications to certified HUB vendors alerting them of the direct and indirect procurement opportunities, and inviting them to participate in the pre-solicitation conference.  More information regarding pre-solicitation conferences may be obtained from the at 512-239-1273. 

TCEQ Mentor-Protégé Program

The TCEQ Mentor-Protégé (M-P) Program assists in building effective working relationships between established companies and emerging HUB-owned companies.  The M-P program fosters mutually beneficial relationships between the volunteer mentors and selected HUBs.  More information regarding the M-P program may be obtained from CPA-TPASS’ website.  

HUB Subcontracting Plan

Prior to soliciting, bidding, proposing, or offering a contract with an expected value of $100,000 or more (including renewals and amendments), each state agency (including institutions of higher education) must determine whether subcontracting is probable under the contract.  If subcontracting opportunities are probable, each bid, proposal, offer or other applicable expression of interest must contain a complete and responsive HUB Subcontracting Plan demonstrating compliance with the state’s good faith effort requirements.  More information regarding the HUB Subcontracting Plan may be obtained from CPA-TPASS’ website.  

TCEQ HUB Program Contact Information

TCEQ HUB Program

12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg. A

Austin, Texas 78753

Office: 512-239-1273

Email: HUB@tceq.texas.gov