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FOR HB 3362 (Hernandez, Springer): This bill would allow people with disabilities to participate in one of the most successful economic development tools in Texas focused on minority participation: the Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB).

HB 3362 will amend the Texas Government Code (Section 2161.001 & .002) to redefine the category of “economically disadvantaged person” (currently limited to women, racial minorities, and veterans with service-connected disabilities) to include "persons with disabilities" for purposes of recognizing some businesses as Historically Underutilized Businesses for preferential treatment in government contracting.

In addition, HB 3362 will direct the comptroller to adopt rules to provide goals for increasing the contract awards for the newly created designation and define disability according to 42 U.S.C. Section 12102. The newly created goals will not reduce any preexisting category goals.

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Adding people with disabilities to the Historically Underutilized Business program (HUB) will increase entrepreneurship, support self-employment, and sponsor small business ventures for a historically disadvantaged minority. This will, in turn, provide the state of Texas with valuable goods and services. 

Many people with disabilities find multiple barriers to employment including:

A business that meets HUB qualifications is eligible to be involved in a variety of programs that help support and train individuals to be successful including a mentor-protégé program, business presentation training, strategic planning, and writing annual reports. These support programs can make the difference between small business succeeding or failing and have been very effective for those already participating in the HUB program.

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