Texas A&M University-Kingsville Good Faith Effort

The University is fully committed to making a good faith effort to promote full and equal business opportunities with minority and women owned businesses to enhance HUBs to compete for contracts and purchases.  To ensure that all vendors have free access to participate in the competitive process, the University will establish and carry out policies governing purchasing and public works contracting that foster meaningful and substantive inclusion of historically underutilized businesses.

The University shall utilize and supplement, as appropriate, the policies and rules for the HUB program as published in the Texas Government Code, chapter 2161, the Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Part 5, Chapter 111,Subchapter B and the Texas A&M University System Policy 25.06.01.  The State of Texas established goals for each contracting category is as follows:

  1. 11.9% for heavy construction other than building contracts;
  2. 26.1% for all building construction, including general contractors and operative builders contracts;
  3. 57.2% for all special trade construction contracts;
  4. 20% for professional services contracts;
  5. 33% for all other services contracts; and
  6. 12.6% for commodities contracts.

HUB Vendor Classification

A HUB vendor is a business that is a sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, limited liability company or a limited liability partnership with its principle place of business in the State of Texas in which at least 51% of the assets and interest of all classes of stock, and equitable securities are owned by one, or more persons who are economically disadvantaged, and who have been historically underutilized because of their identification as members of the following groups:

- Asian-Pacific Americans

- Black Americans

- Hispanic Americans

- Native Americans

- American Women

For a complete definition of what a Historically Underutilized Business is refer to the Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Part 5, Chapter 111, Subchapter B, Rule 111.12.

HUB Certification

The Texas Building and Procurement Commission (TBPC) administers the HUB certification program for the state.  There is no charge to the HUB vendor for the certification.  To certify a HUB vendor must complete the HUB Application and mail it to the TBPC in Austin, Texas.  The HUB application contains instructions on how to complete it as well as the required documentation that must be submitted with the application.  The HUB Coordinator at Texas A&M-Kingsville can assist vendors in completing the application.

Benefits of HUB Certification

- Registers your business in the State’s HUB Directory

- State agencies and institutions of higher education are required to solicit bids from certified HUB vendors

- Increases exposure to invitations for bids

Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL)

The Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) is a mailing list for vendors to receive bids based on the products or services, which can be provided to the State of Texas.  HUB vendors are encouraged to register on the CMBL.  For further information regarding the CMBL and to print an application access http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/cmbl/index.html.

HUB Subcontracting Plan

It is the policy of Texas A&M-Kingsville to achieve the annual HUB program goals by contracting directly with HUBs or indirectly through subcontracting opportunities in accordance with the applicable Texas Government Code.  On contracts the university anticipates entering with an expected value of $100,000.00 or more, the university shall, before soliciting bids, proposals, offers, or other applicable expressions of interest, determine if it is probable for subcontracting opportunities under the contract. 

If subcontracting opportunities are probable, Texas A&M-Kingsville will state such probability in its bids, proposals, offers, or other applicable expression of interest and require the submission of a HUB Subcontracting Plan.

Mentor Protégé Program

It is the intent of the Mentor Protégé Program to build effective working relationships between leaders of mature established companies and emerging minority and women owned companies in order for the latter to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the established firms.

The Mentor Protégé Program has three key component missions:

  1. Increase the overall participation of HUBs in State of Texas Subcontracting
  2. Foster long-term relationships between prime contractors and historically underutilized businesses
  3. Increase the ability of historically underutilized businesses to contract with the state or to receive subcontracts under a state contract

For more information concerning the Mentor Protégé Program refer to the Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Part 5, Chapter 111, Subchapter B, Rule 111.28.  To print an application form access http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/forms/mentor-protege.doc

HUB Program Links