State Certifications

Many states also have minority-owned business programs.  In Texas, the most recognized programs are the Texas State Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) which is overseen by the Texas Comptroller’s office, and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), overseen by the Texas Department of Transportation.

State HUB? Historically Underutilized Business," (HUB), is an entity with its principal place of business in Texas, and is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman who reside in Texas and have a proportionate interest and demonstrate active participation in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs. In accordance with Texas Administrative Code §111.13, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases.

We are your local HUB certifier

Since 2009, your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to be included in the list of certifyinf entitied. Under agreement with the Texas Procurement and Support Services office (TPASS), your EPHCC is recognized as the only certifying entity headquartered west of I-35. 


TXDoT DBE?  DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.

African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged.  Other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.


Who is eligible: For most programs, at least 51 percent of a business needs to be owned by a member of a minority group, or a woman of any ethnicity, in order to qualify for certification.

How to apply: Start by contacting the MBDA Business Center-El Paso at 915-351-6232.  Our business development specialists will assess your business, provide you with a standardized application and review the most often requested documents to support your minority status claim.

Cost of certification: $150 to obtain a new State recognized certification, $75 renewal fee.

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