HUB/DBE Certification Programs and Registering to do Business with the City of Raleigh

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HUB/DBE Certification Programs and Registering to do Business with the City of Raleigh

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Alphabet Soup

  • MBE/WBE/MWBE – Minority/Women Business Enterprise
  • SDB – Small Disadvantaged Business

State/Local Government

  • SWUC – Statewide Uniform Certification aka HUB (Historically Underutilized Business)
  • DBE - Disabled Business Enterprise (NC Dept of Admin)

Federal Government

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (NC DOT OCR)
  • 8a Business Development (SBA)
  • HUBZone – Historically Underutilized Business Zone (SBA)
  • WOSB – Woman Owned Small Business (SBA)
  • SDVOSB – Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (transitioning to SBA as VetCert Program)

National Organizations (for fee)

  • WBENC - Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
  • NMSDC – National Minority Supplier Development Council
    • CVMSDC - Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

Overview of the HUB Office

The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses promotes diversity and inclusion in state government procurement and contracting.

The main roles of the HUB Office include: • HUB Certification • NC Small Business Enterprise Certification • Advocacy and Business Development services • Compliance (reporting and training) • Minority Business Development Agency Business Center

FY 22-23 Spending - Statewide

  • Goal of 10% per NC GS 143-128.2
  • Spending reported to the HUB Office on a quarterly basis
  • State Agencies, Community Colleges, Public Universities, School Systems, Counties, Municipalities, other local government entities

FY 22-23 Purchases of Goods and Services
FY 22-23 Construction

What does the State of NC buy?


Examples of Commodities: • Personal Protective Equipment • Medical Supplies • Clothing • Computers • Research & Educational Supplies • Vehicles & Equipment • Furniture • Air Purifiers • Space Heaters • Cameras • Refrigerators and Freezers

Examples of Services: • Medical care / Mental Health Services (contract doctors/ nurses) • Cleaning Services / Janitorial • Landscaping • Information technology support • Veterinary Services

Statewide Term Contracts

Statewide Term Contracts can be found on the NC P&C website:

Vendors that are HUB certified are identified on the list.

Statewide Term Contracts with HUB vendors include: • HVAC Air Filters • Condoms • Diesel • Durable Medical Equipment • Microscopes • Office Supplies • Veterinary Supplies & Equipment • Supplemental Internal Auditing Services • Pharmaceutical Returned Goods Processing

Definition of Historically Underutilized Business

Per NC General Statute 143-128.4 to be a HUB requires:

  • 51% ownership and daily management / control by individuals in HUB Certification categories
  • Must be HUB Certified to count towards HUB spending and HUB Participation


  • Minority
    • Black
    • Hispanic
    • Asian American
    • American Indian
  • Female
  • Disabled
  • Disadvantaged

Note that "Minority" is not a certification category

SELF IDENTIFIED CATEGORIES: • Disabled Business Enterprise (DBE) • Nonprofit Work Center for the Blind and Severely Disabled (NPWC) • Not HUB Certification categories • Counted for Goods & Services spend per NC General Statute 143-48 • Not counted as HUB dollars or for HUB participation

HUB and NCSBE Vendors across North Carolina


Certification on the HUB Office Website

HUB Certification Process Online

as of July 10, 2023

  1. Register in eVP - NC electronic Vendor Portal • Click “Sign In or Register”, then select “Register” and “Login”. • Complete the registration process. If you need assistance with your registration, please contact the NC Electronic Vendor Portal Helpdesk at 888-211-7440; select option 2 or email
  2. Apply for HUB Certification • Navigate to the Vendor Profile from ‘My Vendor’ and then select ‘Certifications.’ • Click on the ‘My Vendor’ tab in the menu bar then select ‘HUB Application’ from the dropdown. • Click on the ‘HUB Registration’ button on the eVP landing page. • After navigating to the ‘Certifications’ page: Click on the ‘Apply for HUB Certification’ button to open the application. • Provide the company information, ownership, and other relevant data to complete the online application.
  3. Upload the required documentation into the eVP system • A list of required documents is generated by eVP based on your business structure.

** Reciprocity options exist for vendors already certified by certain organizations.

Electronic Vendor Portal

Vendors can register and manage accounts, including applying for HUB and NCSBE certifications.

Agencies / public organizations can post solicitations, tabulations and awards; vendors can respond to solicitations through eVP.

Anyone can search for vendors, using the eVP vendor search (includes HUBs and Non-HUBs).

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