Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) Program

General Information / Overview

The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Office) launched the Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) program on July 1, 2009. SWUC was developed to streamline the certification process and reduce redundancy in certifying minority- and women-owned businesses and create a centralized HUB and minority/women business database. The HUB Office took the lead in certifying HUB/MWBE firms, which previously had to apply for certification through the HUB Office as well as the local M/WBE program offices.

Effective July 1, 2009, HUB firms must be certified through the HUB Office to be listed in the database to be counted by local and state entities for HUB participation and reporting purposes. The HUB Office partnered with local M/WBE offices to develop and implement SWUC with input and feedback from HUB firms, prime contractors and HUB resource advocates. With the HUB Office facilitating the certification process, local M/WBE Offices can focus on providing resources and business development.

Benefits of HUB Certification include:

  • HUB Certification is free of charge.
  • Certification is valid for four years, provided that the business continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Certified HUBs are registered with the Division of Purchase and Contract’s web-based HUB Vendor Directory; state agencies use this directory to solicit bids from certified HUBs for state purchasing and public works contracts. Prime contractors also use the HUB Vendor Directory to identify HUBs in order to send them notification of their subcontracting opportunities. This provides increased exposure to the general public, as well as other entities that have a supplier diversity program and are searching for minority and woman-owned businesses.
  • Vendor in the Spotlight. The HUB Office will showcase your business on our website to a target audience of purchasing agents and decision makers.

Eligibility for HUB Certification Under the SWUC Program

Per N.C. General Statute 143-128.4, to qualify as a historically underutilized business, a business must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed, by one or more citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States who are members of one or more of the following groups: (1) Black, (2) Hispanic, (3) Asian American, (4) American Indian, (5) Female, (6) Disabled and (7) Disadvantaged.

If you are interested in becoming a certified HUB firm or recertifying as a HUB firm, you must register in the electronic Vendor Portal (eVP) and request HUB Certification. To start the registration process please click here: https://vendor.ncgov.com/vendor/login . In addition to registering in eVP you must also complete submit the appropriate documents the HUB Office as listed below:

Initial Statewide Uniform Certification

Statewide Uniform Recertification

For assistance during the registration process, please contact the NC electronic Vendor Portal Helpdesk at 1-888-211-7440 , option 2 or by email at vendor@nc.gov . You may also view the eVP web based training page at http://eprocurement.nc.gov/Training/Vendor_Training.html .