Understanding and Obtaining HUBZone Certification

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording will be available on July 17th)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructors: Ian Patterson and John Mattox, 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. In this webinar, government contract attorneys, Ian Patterson and John Mattox will discuss the current HUBZone requirements and the proposed changes, 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 webinar is for you.


Target Audience: Small businesses pursuing federal market opportunities

Meet Your Instructors:

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.

JOHN MATTOX is a Senior Associate Attorney at Koprince Law, LLC, where he exclusively practices federal government contracting law. He represents clients in litigation before the Government Accountability Office, SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, and the boards of contract appeals. He also advises clients on a wide range of issues, including compliance with small business regulations, and assists clients in drafting and reviewing various transactional documents, including joint venture agreements, mentor-protégé agreements, and subcontracts.

John is a frequent contributor to SmallGovCon, a blog dedicated to legal issues affecting federal government contractors. He has also been published in Contract Management Magazine. You can reach John at 785-200-8919 or jmattox@koprince.com.


Jul 11 2019


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 11 2019
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm