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Gov. Lamont & SBA Announced Expansion of HUBZone Covered Area

March 1, 2023

SBA Administrator Guzman approved Connecticut's Governor Ned Lamont's 2022 petition to add a HUBZone Governor Designated Covered Area in Litchfield County, expanding access and eligibility to SBA's HUBZone Program to the small businesses in these areas which the SBA has added on the HUBZone map.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich and Governor Ned Lamont recently announced Connecticut's newly Governor Designated Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone at a press conference held in Torrington, CT. "On behalf of the SBA, I am grateful for Governor Lamont efforts to expanding access to the HUBZone program which creates opportunities for firms to partner directly with the federal government - the largest buyer of goods and services in the United State and the world," stated RA Vlacich. "I look forward to welcoming new businesses from Connecticut into the HUBZone program and into the federal marketplace, we appreciate Connecticut's and Governor Lamont's support of the small business community."

The HUBZone program makes businesses eligible to compete for set-aside contracts and get a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. Joining Regional Administrator Vlacich and Governor Lamont were, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Elinor Carbone, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Alexandra Daum, SBA District Director Catherine Marx, Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut President JoAnn Ryan and State Representative Michelle Cook.

"Through this HUBZone program, small businesses in Connecticut can contract with the federal government and supply them with goods and services produced in our state by our workforce,' said Governor Lamont. I strongly encourage anyone who owns a small business or is thinking about starting a small business in a HUBZone to reach out to the SBA and get connected to these resources."

"Currently, Connecticut has 170 HUBZones in census tracts and 19 certified companies. The announcement today and the subsequent programs will bring more awareness to the benefits of being a certified HUBZone firm," stated Catherine Marx, SBA Director, Connecticut District Office.

 
 

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