TROY — A free seminar on March 11 sponsored by Troy University and the Pike County Economic Development Corporation will help area small businesses understand how to win new government contracts.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone, or HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program, is a U.S. Small Business Administration program aimed at stimulating economic development and job creation in rural and urban communities by providing federal contracting preferences to small businesses, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with TROY’s Small Business Development Center.
Small businesses can obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff that live in a HUBZone and by maintaining a principal office within the designated area. Qualified HUBZones in southeast Alabama include Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Covington, Geneva and Pike counties, and parts of Coffee, Dale, Henry and Houston counties.
The seminar will be 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Pike County Economic Development Center Building on Highway 231 in Troy.
Two of the featured speakers are representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office in Birmingham. Susan Baxter will discuss how to obtain HUBZone certification and the benefits of the certification for government contractors. Financing for small businesses will be discussed by Brent McMahan.
Linda Hammer, owner of a Slocomb-based HUBZone certified business, Hammer LGC, Inc., will also provide insight into the certification process and discuss how the HUBZone certification has impacted their business.
The program is also co-sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Council for Economic Development and Troy University Center for International Business and Economic Development.