To qualify for the HUBZone program, your business must:
- Be a small business according to SBA size standards
- Be at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, an Alaska Native corporation, a Native Hawaiian organization, or an Indian tribe
- Have its principal office located in a HUBZone
- Have at least 35% of its employees living in a HUBZone
International Right of Way Professional (IRWA)
Right of way professionals are individuals who work to develop and construct infrastructure projects. Rights of way are necessary to build and maintain public and private infrastructure systems which allow societies to operate. Examples include road and railway systems, tunnels, bridges, mass-transit systems, power stations, wind farms, hydro-electric dams, electric transmission lines and distribution, telephone and fiber optic cabling, cell phone towers, airports and much more.
The Guess Group, Inc. has vast experience working with governmental entities on right-of-way acquisition projects including right-of-way clearance, and relocation of landowners and businesses.
Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP)
Envision provides a consistent, consensus-based framework for assessing sustainability, resiliency, and equity in civil infrastructure.
The Envision framework provides a flexible system of criteria and performance objectives to aid decision makers and help project teams identify sustainable, resilient, and equitable approaches during the planning, design, and construction that will continue throughout the project’s operations, maintenance, and end-of-life phases.
Envision recognizes resource constraints and the diversity of mandates, schedules, budget cycles, and funding sources.
This highly sought professional certification affords The Guess Group, Inc. the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of infrastructure sustainability, and provides a unique vantage point as we assist in the development of real estate projects.
Minority Women Business Enterprise
MWBE stands for Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises. It’s a certification issued by the state that provides developmental benefits to these businesses. It is defined as people who are African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian-American, or Hispanic. MWBEs are companies with minorities or women controlling 51% of the firm’s operations. Publicly owned businesses may also qualify, but minorities or women must control more than 50 percent of the stock offerings.
Minority Business Enterprise
A Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) is a business that has it’s day-to-day operations at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more minority persons.
A minority is generally defined as an individual who is African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American. A woman is defined as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.
To participate in the DBE program, a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from the relevant state– generally through the state Unified Certification Program (UCP).