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City to hold HUBZone businesses meeting

The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism will hold a HUBZone businesses meeting from 8 to 9:15 a.m. June 26 at Hyatt Place Fredericksburg—Mary Washington in Eagle Village.

Participants will learn about HUBZone certification, through which businesses can get preference on competitive and sole source federal contracts.

The meeting is open to certified HUBZone businesses in Fredericksburg, those interested in becoming certified or simply want to learn more about this valuable federal contracting program for small businesses.

In addition, the department will present city business incentives and other economic development resources that can assist qualifying, expanding or new HUBZone businesses in Fredericksburg.

To reserve a seat, contact Danelle Rose at by June 24.