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Texas HB 194 (Effective 9/1/2014) includes Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses with 20% disability rating in the state’s underutilized business program. The bill states:

        The comptroller shall adopt rules to provide goals for increasing the contract awards for the purchase of goods or services by the commission and other state agencies to businesses that qualify as historically underutilized businesses because the businesses are owned or owned, operated, and controlled, as applicable, wholly or partly by one or more veterans as defined by 38 U.S.C. Section 101(2) who have a service-connected disability as defined by 38 U.S.C. Section 101(16). The goals established under this subsection are in addition to the goals established under Subsection (c) and the goals established under Subsection (c) may not be reduced as a result of the establishment of goals under this subsection.

 Also, Goods produced or offered by a Texas bidder that is owned by a service-disabled Veteran who is a Texas Resident shall be given first preference and goods produced in the state by other Texas bidders second preference, if the cost to the state and quality are equal.

Texas Links:

Texas Veterans Commission State Resource for Veteran Benefits
Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program
SBDC: Small Business Development Center
Texas Wide Open for Business: information about small businesses in Texas.
Texas Purchasing: Doing Business with the State of Texas
HUB Certification: For the business to be recognized as “historically underutilized” in Texas, the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned business must register through this portal