Contracting and Information Center
The Hurricane Contracting and Information Center provides a central point of reference for businesses, especially Minority-owned businesses and Small- and Medium-sized enterprises, to register for and become aware of federal contracting opportunities in the Gulf Coast. While the HCIC does not award contracts, their mission is to ensure that businesses understand the process and are aware when opportunities become available.
On October 11, 2005, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez unveiled the Hurricane Contracting Information Center (HCIC) to assist U.S. businesses, especially minority and small businesses, in participating in the Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.
This center provides the necessary information for U.S. businesses to participate in Gulf Coast contracting, subcontracting and reconstruction.
The Bush administration is reaching out to companies of all sizes, especially minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and small- and medium-size enterprises, to help those seeking to join the rebuilding efforts to navigate federal agencies and bid for contracts with ease.
The website allows U.S. businesses to register throughout other government websites to become eligible for federal contracts. One such website provides e-mail notifications of contracts being made available that correspond to particular areas of expertise.
The website provides a central point for information and services available throughout the government geared to help in the contracting process for U.S. businesses, including minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and small- and medium-size enterprises.
The HCIC also includes a call center staffed with representatives from other contracting government agencies onsite to provide direct business counseling.
These individuals will help businesses navigate the federal contracting process.
The HCIC will canvas the business community by holding roundtables and events with business groups, leaders and others to create awareness of the HCIC and assist businesses.
The HCIC will showcase the process and services available to aid business involvement.
A calendar of events will be developed and maintained.