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The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. The goal of the HUB Program is to promote full and equal business opportunities by encouraging participation of HUB businesses in the procurement and contracting process with UTEP.

Scope Of Responsibility

The goal of the HUB Program is to promote full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in the State of Texas. UTEP is dedicated to increase the number and value of contracts awarded to HUBs and small business firms, create a fair and open competitive market, and improving community awareness.



What is a HUB?

A HUB is defined as a business formed for the purpose of making a profit and is otherwise a legally-recognized business organization under the laws of the State of Texas in which at least 51 percent of the business is owned, operated, and controlled by one or more

  • Black Americans - includes all persons having origins of Black racial groups of Africa
  • Hispanic Americans - includes all person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South America, or other Spanish/Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race
  • Asian Pacific Americans - includes persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Territories of the Pacific, or the Northern Marianas; and Subcontinent Asian Americans which includes persons who origins are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, or Nepal
  • Native Americans - includes persons who are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts or Native Hawaiians and
  • American Women - includes women of any ethnicity, except those specified above who are economically disadvantaged and who have been historically underutilized because of their identification as members of these groups. Eligible entities must have their principal place of business located in Texas where the majority HUB owner(s) makes the decisions, controls the daily operations of the organization, and participates in the business. The qualifying owners must be residents of the State of Texas.

How do I become HUB Certified?

A potential HUB vendor should download the HUB application directly from the Texas Procurement & Support Services (HUB Application) or contact the UTEP HUB Coordinator at (915) 747-5601.

Do I need to be HUB Certified to sell to the University?

No, however, the University strongly encourages all HUB certifiable businesses to become HUB Certified.

What is the cost of HUB certification?

There is no fee to become certified and the certification is valid for 4 years.

How do I get on UTEP’s bidder’s list?

UTEP does not maintain a bidder's list. The University uses the Texas Procurement & Support Services (TPASS) Centralized Master Bidder's List (CMBL) and HUB Directory. To find out more information regarding the CMBL, please visit TBPC's website.


Benjamin Alvarez


Phone: (915) 747-5456

Fax: (915) 747-5932



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Phone: (915) 747-5456

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