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CNMI SBDC Offers HUBZone Certification Training | Business section

(NMC) — More CNMI small business owners are now educated about securing federal contracts through a HUBZone certification training course delivered by the CNMI Small Business Development Center at Northern Marianas College.

HUBZone is a program administered by the U.S. Small Business Association that helps small businesses in historically underutilized commercial zones secure federal contracts. HUBZone Certified companies also receive a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.

HUBZones are located throughout the United States and its territories such as CNMI, Guam, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico. Currently, there are 14 HUBZone certified companies in the CNMI.

The training, which was conducted by Guam Small Business Administration Branch Manager Kenneth Lujan, focused on the application process and program eligibility requirements.

Participant Vincent Aldan of Marianas Building Inspection and Consulting Services said the training was very informative.

“It helped me understand the process to be able to provide services to federal and local governments,” Aldan said. “I hope to become HUBZone certified as it will give my company a competitive edge when it comes to federal contracts for projects that fall within my industry.

To sign up for free individual CNMI SBDC counseling, go to marianas.ecenterdirect.com, email [email protected], or call (670) 237-6888.

The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network is hosted by Northern Marianas College.

CNMI SBDCN is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.