Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program


The goal of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program is to encourage and effectively promote the use of minority and woman-owned businesses in the Department's procurement activities. The DARS HUB Program Office seeks to:


• Ensure the Department complies with state law and administrative rules governing the HUB program;

• Assist minority and woman-owned businesses in becoming certified as HUBs;

• Share information regarding the Department's procurement policies and procedures;

• Promote the use of HUBs in DARS day-to-day procurement opportunities;

• Facilitate meetings between HUBs and appropriate DARS program, procurement and HUB staff;

• Assist in fostering relationships between prime contractors and HUBs through the DARS Mentor Protégé Program; and

• Ensure that DARS prime contractors make a good faith effort to provide subcontracting opportunities to HUBs.

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