What it Means to be a HUBZone Business
Ask any layman out in the workforce and they might not know what HUBZone means or what it even stands for. Under the Small Business Administration (SBA), a program was designed to help companies who work and hire people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones, also known as HUBZones. Smaller companies who find themselves working in impoverished underdeveloped areas of the nation can be given preferential access to federal government contracts. Not only is this government assistance good for the business, it is also good for the community because of the jobs that are created, which stirs an otherwise stagnant local economy. Once the economy is on an upswing, investors are more likely to bring in new businesses to those areas, knowing the chances of their new businesses will be able to not only survive, but also thrive.
Harbor Enterprises has been in the HUBZone program for a couple of years, and we have been able to provide jobs in multiple locations. We have been able to provide jobs for skilled laborers, manual laborers, office personnel, salespeople and equipment operators in various locations throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
One of the qualifications for a small business to be deemed HUBZone certified, is that at least 35% of our employees must reside in a HUBZone area; however, at Harbor Enterprises, we operate with nearly 50% of our employees living in the required zones. That isn’t a bragging point, that is simply a fact. Harbor Enterprises wants to help grow the economy, and we want to give everyone the opportunity to make their lives better at the same time. Giving people the opportunity to work jobs that are typically out of reach encourages diversity, higher company moral, and lower employee turnover rates—that is the standard we set here at Harbor Enterprises. Thanks to the HUBZone program, Harbor Enterprises and our employees have a strong and healthy relationship. We are proud to be members of the HUBZone program, not only for us as a company, but also for the opportunities we have been able to provide for the citizens of the communities in which we serve.