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SBA takes Destination: HUB event to Roosevelt Roads

Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba. Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a Destination: HUB event for small businesses at the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Ceiba, Puerto Rico on Mar. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands District Director Yvette T. Collazo, along with SBA Regional Administrator Kellie I. LeDet and Malu Blázquez, executive director of the Local Redevelopment Authority for Roosevelt Roads, will kick-off the event as a follow-up to SBA’s announcement last August of the HUBZone designation for Roosevelt Roads.

“For more than 17 years, the HUBZone program has served as one of SBA’s signature initiatives and has helped small businesses in urban and rural communities gain access to federal procurement opportunities,” SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo said.

“With this Destination: HUB event we are bringing together small business owners and technical and financial resources with the main objective of revitalizing the local economy,” she said.

Destination: HUB promotes and supports HUBZone firms in federal contract opportunities, while ensuring local economic development boards, government officials, federal buyers, and prime contractors work hand in hand to bring more sole-source and set-aside awards directly for these HUBZones.

The HUBZone program, enacted in 1997, helps small businesses located in areas that have been identified and designated as historically underutilized in both rural and urban communities receive contract help, thus promoting job growth, capital investment and economic development.

For more information on this Destination: HUB event, please call the SBA district office at (787) 766-5572.

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