Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL): The CMBL is a master database used by State of Texas purchasing entities to develop a mailing list for vendors to receive bids based on the products or services they can provide. Manufacturers, suppliers, and other vendors wishing to furnish materials, equipment, supplies, and services to the State should register for the CMBL to receive bidding opportunities.
Economically Disadvantaged Groups:
"Black Americans," including persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa
"Hispanic Americans", including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish or Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race
"Asian Pacific Americans", including persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, the Northern Marianas, and Subcontinent Asian Americans which includes persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan or Nepal
"Native Americans", including persons who are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians
"American Women", including women of any ethnicity except for those previously listed
“Service Disabled Veteran”, a veteran with a service-connected disability, and a disability rating of 20 percent or more, and does not include members of any of the HUB eligible groups specified above.
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB): a business enterprise that has its principal place of business in Texas, is defined as a form of historically underutilized business formed for the purpose of making a profit, and is owned by one of more persons who:
HUB Certification: A statewide HUB Program providing free certification, valid for 4 years, for minority and woman-owned businesses in the State of Texas. Vendors seeking certification as a HUB are required to submit a completed HUB certification application and supporting documentation affirming that their business qualifies as a HUB. Certified businesses are listed on the State Comptroller's web-based HUB directory, which is accessed by state agencies to solicit bids.
Staff Coordinating Group (SCG): a committee established and chaired by the Chief Business Officer and meeting regularly. The purpose of the SCG is to provide functional staff expertise, advice, and counsel regarding implementation of all aspects of the HUB program.
Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS): TPASS (Texas Procurement and Support Services): awards and manages hundreds of statewide contracts on behalf of more than 200 state agencies and 1,700 local government agencies.