Historically Underutilized Businesses

Eric R. Walls

Senior Director of Supply Chain Management
& HUB Coordinator

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, consistent with a statewide initiative to enhance and expand business opportunities for historically underutilized businesses, developed and implemented a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program to encourage full participation of HUB vendors in all phases of its procurement activities and to afford them a full and fair opportunity to compete for the UTHSCSA business.


The Director of the HUB Department administers the HUB Program. The HUB Department seeks to identify historically underutilized businesses and provides assistance on how to participate in the competitive bid process for goods and services needed by the UTHSCSA. Our objective is to increase business opportunities and to stimulate economic growth. The HUB Department assures that qualified, certified HUB vendors are considered and utilized in the procurement of goods and services.


The HUB Department is conscious of its responsibility in expending public funds in a diverse and competitive market and maintains an open door policy with all potential suppliers. Purchasing transactions are completed without regard to race, color, disability (handicap), sex, religion, age, or national origin.