HUB Zone designation is for businesses operating in Historically Underutilized Business Zones and gives a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open federal contract and subcontracting competitions. Businesses must be registered with the SBA, the principal office must be located in a HUB Zone and 35% of the employees must be from a HUB Zone. Additionally, the business must be majority (51%) owned and controlled by US citizens.
The city of Aurora has established a program designed to encourage city procurement from businesses owned by minorities, women and disabled persons. Vendors start by filling out a vendor application form and registering with the city's database. The process of bidding for proposals is outlined in this handy guide.