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Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The mission of the HUB Program for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to promote and increase contracting opportunities with Historically Underutilized Businesses. The HUB Program will provide businesses and agency staff the assistance necessary for the success of this mission.

Eligibility to Become a Certified Texas HUB:

The business entity must be 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. It must be at least 51% owned, operated, actively controlled, and managed by a minority, woman, and/or service disabled veteran.

Groups eligible for certification are Asian-Pacific Americans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, American Women, and/or Service Disabled Veterans, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations, and management of the entity's affairs.

How to Become a Certified Texas HUB:

Information on certification and the application for certification may be obtained at the following Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts web site:

For assistance at Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts call (512) 463-5872. TDCJ HUB Program personnel listed below welcomes your call and will also be delighted to assist you.

Importance of Being on Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL):

Although HUB certification is free, this limits vendors to being on the HUB Only Directory and not the CMBL. There is an annual $70 registration fee to be on the CMBL. Businesses are encouraged to register at following web site:

The TDCJ highly recommends that businesses submitting the HUB application also apply to be on the CMBL. The agency uses the CMBL to develop mailing lists of vendors when sending out bids. Being on both lists makes it readily apparent to purchasers or contracting officers, when searching the CMBL, of the bidders HUB status.

State Agency Goals for HUB Participation:

  • 17.5 % - Heavy Construction Other than Building Contracts (Road and Highway Construction and Maintenance)
  • 36.9% - Building Construction
  • 32.7% - Special Trades (Includes Building Renovation and Maintenance and Landscape Construction)
  • 23.6% - Professional Services Contracts (Architects, Engineers, Accounting and Financial Services, and Medical Services)
  • 24.6% - Other Services (includes Legal Services, Maintenance, Repair, Veterinary, Cleaning, Printing, Delivery, Waste Disposal, Communications, and many others)
  • 21.0% - Commodity purchasing

The TDCJ is deeply involved in good faith efforts to meet and exceed the above goals.

If you are interested in contracting with or selling your products to the TDCJ, contact the following HUB section personnel:

Sharon Schultz
HUB Director
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 525
Huntsville, TX. 77340
Phone (936) 437-7026
Fax (936) 437-7088

Ruby Cowan
HUB Coordinator
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 525
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone (936) 437-3128
Fax (936) 437-7088

Cindy Guajardo
HUB Coordinator
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 525
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-7061
Fax (936) 437-7088