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Free Conference: Get More Business For Your Small Business

Is your business HUB certified? If not, you’re missing out on an opportunity to get government contracts. The good news is that Buncombe County is offering a free, two-day workshop that will help get you certified while also teaching you about navigating the landscape of landing government work.

HUB stands for Historically Underutilized Business, and most counties, cities, universities, and more are intentional about using the HUB database when looking to award contracts. “The purpose of this workshop is to give small businesses, primarily minority businesses, the opportunity to get HUB certified so they will have a better chance of receiving government contracts and ultimately have more vender opportunities,” explains County Community Development Specialist Keynon Lake.

“This process is very hard to navigate, and a large percentage of folks who try to get certified with HUB don’t make it through the process,” says Keynon. “To help facilitate the certification process, the County has contracted with Kimberly Hunter who will be teaching, training, and helping people get through the system and obtain HUB certification.”

Anyone can attend, and there is no limit on the type of service or product your business provides. Keynon encourages minority-owned, small businesses to attend, “The conference will definitely help you get more business from Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, UNCA, AB-Tech, Mission Health, and many other organizations.”

Register for the free, two-day contracting workshop

To register: Email Keynon Lake at

When: The two-day workshop is Friday, March 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be provided on Friday.

Where: Hughes Building at 46 Aston St., Asheville