Data science and visualization company RS21 announced today that it is one of the first companies in the industry to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s HUBZone Certification. The certification provides federal procurement opportunities for small businesses to work with government agencies and contractors.
“We look forward to even better serving our partners, clients and community as a HUBZone company,” said the company’s President and Founder, Charles Rath. “Empowering key decision-makers to enact purpose-driven decisions is RS21’s sole mission. This certification will enable us to work closely alongside companies and agencies where these decision-makers can be found working diligently to create safer, healthier and more secure tomorrows.”
The new designation is only the latest key certification for RS21, which also holds a GSA IT 70 Schedule and has conducted work on a wide variety of government and corporate projects. The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone program, introduced in 1997, has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to certified small businesses. To qualify for a HUBZone Certification, a business must meet the following requirements: qualify as a ‘small business’ by the SBA’s standards, have its principal office located within a HUBZone, and have at least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone. Businesses that meet these requirements can apply for HUBZone status to further enable economic development and employment growth in underserved communities that have historically faced economic difficulties. RS21’s own HUBZone designation (#60369) positions the company ideally to help other businesses meet their own HUBZone targets by teaming up as a partner or subcontractor. With its main office located in Downtown Albuquerque and a second office in Washington, D.C., RS21 is demonstrative of the type of business that the program aims to support.
RS21 uses state-of-the-art technology and a network of experts to pinpoint opportunities to make systems stronger in the face of myriad shocks and stresses – everything from natural disasters to national security to public health to crime. RS21 uses groundbreaking data science, modeling, and analysis approaches, coupled with stunning and intuitive data visualizations, to help its clients understand complex data sets and make previously impossible decisions.