Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
A Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) is a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 TAC §20.23, and has its principal place of business in Texas, and is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman and/or Service Disabled Veteran, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operation, and management of the entity's affairs.
Supplier Diversity Program
Spring Branch Independent School District will use its best efforts to encourage small, minority, and women-owned businesses to participate in current and future purchases of goods and services.
"Small Business" is defined as a business entity which is independently owned and operated, and which is not dominant in its field of operation. The business employs less than 50 employees and/or has less than $3 million in annual business volume from this local operation.
"Minority Business" is a business entity which is at least 50 percent owned by one or more minority individual(s) or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more of the minority individual(s) and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the minority individual(s) who own it. "Minority individuals" are residents of the United States who are members of one of the following groups:
- African Americans
- American Indians
- Asian Americans
- Alaska Natives
- Pacific Islanders
"Woman Business Enterprise" means a business entity which follows the same guidelines as a Minority Business Enterprise but which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more of the women owners and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the women who own the entity.
Any business wishing to be identified by SBISD as a small, women-owned or minority business shall be certified as such by either "self-certifying" its business under one of the definitions listed above or by certification by a Texas State or Local Government which conducts a certification program.
Supplier Diversity Initiatives
All solicitations, including Construction projects, issued by SBISD include a Historically Underutilized Business Questionnaire that is to be completed and submitted with the solicitation response. The Questionnaire asks for the supplier diversity classification of the business entity. The form also asks each business entity to state if it will be performing alone or will be using subcontractors.