Understanding and Obtaining HUBZone Certification

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording will be available on July 17th)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructors: Matthew Moriarty and Ian Patterson, Koprince Law LLC
NCMA Certifications: 1.5 CPEs
APTAC Certifications: 0.75 ATCs
APTAC BOK: C.3 Representations and Certifications; C.17 Socio-Economic Programs (Core)
*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

In late 2018 the SBA proposed to make sweeping changes to the HUBZone program. The changes would overhaul the program with the goal of making compliance easier for HUBZone firms and hopefully help the government hit its annual 3% goal. We’ll discuss the current HUBZone requirements and the proposed changes. In this course, government contract attorneys, Ian Patterson and Matt Moriarty provide an overview of the HUBZone program’s requirements, including:

  • Ownership, control, and other HUBZone eligibility criteria.
  • Benefits: HUBZone set-asides, sole-source contracts, and price preference.
  • The principal office rule and why it may not be your headquarters.
  • The 35% employee rule and how the SBA has proposed to clarify the “attempt to maintain” standard.
  • Who qualifies as an employee and what happens if they move.
  • Annual certification and why this proposed change would in fact be helpful.
  • Allowing concerns to request reconsideration of a formal denial (but still no appeal process).
  • Maintaining compliance in a changing landscape.

If you’re a HUBZone concern trying to navigate these uncharted waters or have thought about obtaining HUBZone certification in the future, this course is for you.


Target Audience: Small businesses pursuing federal market opportunities

Meet Your Instructors:

MATTHEW P. MORIARTY is a Partner at Koprince Law LLC, where he exclusively practices federal government contracting law. Matt works with clients on litigation matters in various forums, including the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, among others. He also assists clients with transactional issues from various business-to-business relationships to compliance with various socioeconomic statutes and regulations. Matt is well-versed in the entire federal contracting regulatory landscape.

Matt has been a speaker at numerous federal government contracting events and has been quoted in Law360.com, the Washington Business Journal, and the Capitol Forum. Matt is also a frequent contributor to the government contracting blog SmallGovCon and is a co-author of Debriefings and Bid Protests, which is Volume 3 in a series of government contracting guides
called “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbooks.”

Matt enjoys working with small businesses to help them solve their problems. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MoriartyGovCon or email him at mmoriarty@koprince.com.

IAN PATTERSON is a Senior Associate Attorney with Koprince Law LLC. Ian’s practice focuses exclusively on federal procurement law. He helps clients understand and comply with the complex regulatory provisions unique to federal contracting, including the FAR, DFARS, SBA small business regulations, and others. Ian also assists clients by developing, reviewing, and negotiating joint venture agreements, mentor-protégé agreements, subcontracts, and other critical documents. On the litigation side, Ian has also played a key role in numerous GAO bid protests, SBA size and status protests, appeals before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, protests before the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, and matters before the Boards of Contract Appeals and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Ian covers government contracting legal topics regularly on SmallGovCon and has been published in The Procurement Lawyer and Westlaw Journal Government Contract. You can contact Ian by telephone at (785) 200-8919 or by email at ipatterson@koprince.com.


Jul 11 2019


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 11 2019
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:30