Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Utilization Procedures
I. Policy Statement
The College will work in “good faith” to meet or exceed state-established goals for minority business participation in procurement and construction processes. The good faith effort shall include compliance with North Carolina General Statutes 143-48 and 143-128.2, .3, and .4 in purchasing, contracting, and building projects, respectively, so far as practicable. This includes the use of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certified vendors in the procurement of goods and services, and the active pursuit, participation, and utilization of minority contractors and sub-contractors in College construction projects.
For the purposes of this policy, the term “minority business” means a historically underutilized business (HUB) that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by one or more persons, or in the case of a corporation, fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock is owned by one or more persons, who are members of at least one of the groups identified in this policy and the North Caroline General Statutes.
A. To implement College policy, the College has adopted a ‘Plan for Participation by Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Procedures in the Procurement and Contracting of Goods and Services." College administrators will report annually to the Board on progress in meeting the goals of this Plan in its good faith efforts to comply with this policy.
B. The Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services is responsible for the implementation of the Historically Underutilized Businesses Plan, but may delegate responsibility for day-to-day management and reporting of accomplishments to appropriate College personnel.
C. Good faith efforts established by the College include:
- Proactively reaching out to and contacting minority businesses that are Historically Underutilized Business certified to encourage their participation in college procurement and bidding processes;
- Providing training opportunities for Historically Underutilized Business vendors in college procurement opportunities;
- Negotiating joint venture and partnership arrangements with minority businesses in order to increase opportunities for minority participation;
- Utilizing the State’s Historically Underutilized Business Office in identifying and utilizing opportunities to attract minority business vendors; and,
- Hosting seminars on Central Piedmont campuses to familiarize College personnel with Historically Underutilized Business vendor opportunities.