As classes begin this week, you may notice that the construction phases of UNC Greensboro’s new Nursing and Instructional building and new Chiller Plant are well underway. What may not be as obvious is that these projects recently surpassed their goals in providing economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE).
The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program at UNCG is part of a statewide initiative to help MWBE contractors and vendors build contacts and foster growth and profitability for their small business.
To receive HUB certification, businesses must be 51 percent owned by minorities who self-identify with one of the following demographics: Black, Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, Female or a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Person, Disabled-Owned or a Disabled Business Enterprise.
The state of North Carolina has a goal of 10 percent HUB participation for all major construction projects completed by state agencies.
The Nursing and Instructional Building is at 32 percent, and the Chiller Plant is at 36 percent.
Together, the two projects have provided over $25.3 million of economic opportunities to businesses that are most in need.
By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography by Grant Evan Gilliard