Historically Underutilized Business Program

Eric R. Walls

Senior Director of Supply Chain Management
& HUB Coordinator

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The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program is a State of Texas initiative to increase the opportunities available to businesses owned by minorities, women, and service disabled veterans in the areas of state procurement and contracting.

It is the policy of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to promote full and equal opportunity for all businesses to provide goods and services needed in support of its core mission to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.

The HUB Office is responsible for the implementation of the HUB Program and ensures compliance with State HUB laws and regulations. In addition, the HUB Office offers assistance to suppliers wishing to become HUB certified or in seeking contracting opportunties with the University.

Our Commitment

Our HUB Program is administered through the Purchasing Department where we ensure that qualified, certified HUB suppliers are considered and utilized in the procurement of goods and services.

The goal of the HUB Program is to increase the number of contracts awarded to HUBs and educate the University and business community about the benefits of using HUB suppliers. We are responsible for:

  • ensuring compliance with State of Texas HUB legislation
  • ensuring full implementation with UT System policies
  • ensuring the University’s good faith effort to include HUB businesses in its procurement efforts
  • expanding business opportunities available to minority and woman-owned business owners
  • evaluating and determining HUB Subcontracting opportunities
  • assisting HUBs in the competitive bid process
  • increasing the number of contracts awarded to HUBs
  • assisting businesses with obtaining State HUB certification
  • educating HUBs about UT Health Science Center purchasing policies and procedures
  • improving community awareness of HUB participation through education and outreach programs
  • encouraging full participation for HUBs to compete in all phases of procurement activities