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Business and Finance Division

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The mission of the HUB Program for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to promote and increase contracting opportunities with Historically Underutilized Businesses. The HUB Program will provide businesses and agency staff the assistance necessary for the success of this mission.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program administers the HUB program in accordance with Texas Government Code §2161 and Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Chapter 20, Subchapter D, Division 1, Sections §20.281 to §20.298.

Eligibility to Become a Certified Texas HUB:

The business entity must be a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 TAC §20.294, and has its principal place of business in Texas. It must be at least 51% owned, operated, actively controlled, and managed by a minority, woman, and/or service-disabled veteran.

Groups eligible for certification are Asian-Pacific Americans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, American Women, and/or Service-Disabled Veterans, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations, and management of the entity's affairs.

How to Become a Certified Texas HUB:

Registration for HUB certification is online, free of charge, and valid for four years. Apply for HUB certification on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website.

The TDCJ HUB Program welcomes your call and is available to assist you.

State Agency Goals for HUB Participation:

  • 11.2 % - Heavy Construction Other than Building Contracts (Road and Highway Construction and Maintenance)
  • 21.1% - Building Construction
  • 32.9% - Special Trades (Includes Building Renovation and Maintenance and Landscape Construction)
  • 23.7% - Professional Services Contracts (Architects, Engineers, Accounting and Financial Services, and Medical Services)
  • 26.0% - Other Services (includes Legal Services, Maintenance, Repair, Veterinary, Cleaning, Printing, Delivery, Waste Disposal, Communications, and many others)
  • 21.1% - Commodity purchasing

The TDCJ is committed to and involved in good faith efforts to meet and exceed the above goals.

Importance of Being on Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL):

The CMBL is a master database used by the state of Texas purchasing entities to develop a mailing list for vendors to receive bids based on the products or services they provide. There is an annual $70 registration fee to be on the CMBL. Businesses are encouraged to go to Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) on the CMBL.

Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD)

The Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) is a website where state agencies post bid opportunities valued at $25,000 or more. Vendors can view the newest postings for all state agencies, the solicitations of a particular state agency, or search by type of contract requested.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Agency/Texas SmartBuy Member No. is: 696.

Electronic State Business Daily Search


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(The TDCJ highly recommends that businesses submitting the HUB application also apply to be on the CMBL. The agency uses the CMBL to develop mailing lists of vendors when sending out bids. Being on both lists makes it readily apparent to purchasers or contracting officers, when searching the CMBL, of the bidder's HUB status.)

If you are interested in contracting with or selling your products to the TDCJ, contact the following HUB Program personnel:

Contact Information:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Business & Finance Division
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Department
Two Financial Plaza, #770
Huntsville, TX 77340

HUB Director
Phone: (936) 437-3774
Fax: (936) 437-3778

HUB Coordinator
Phone: (936) 437-3775, (936) 437-3776, and (936) 437-3777
Fax: (936) 437-3778