What is the Section 3 Business Registry?
In Short S3 is one of the most important credentials for MICRO - SMALL - HOME BASED BUSINESS & BUSINESSES LOCATED WITHIN INNER CITY & FEDERALLY OWNED LAND.
This registry is a helpful tool to assistant recipients of FED funding (e.g., Public Housing Agencies, local units of government, property owners, etc), developers, and others locate Section 3 businesses within their community. It also enables HUD grantees to meet their Section 3 obligations by reducing some of the burden associated with locating eligible businesses.
It is important to note that Section 3 businesses are not entitled to receive contracts simply by being listed in HUD's Section 3 Business Registry database. Eligible businesses may need to demonstrate that they are responsible and have the ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of proposed contracts. Section 3 requirements at 24 CFR 135, then provides preference for contracts and subcontracts to these firms-but not a guarantee.
While the Department maintains the Business Registry database, it has not verified the information submitted by the businesses and does not endorse the services they provide. Accordingly, it is recommended that users perform due diligence before awarding contracts to firms that have self-certified on this registry by ensuring that they meet the definition of a Section3 business concern as defined by the Department's regulations at 24 CFR 135.5.
The general public can notify the Department through the Business Registry website if they believe a firm has potentially misrepresented themselves as a Section 3 business. In such situations, FED will request documentation and additional information from the business to verify that they qualify for inclusion in the database. Businesses found to have misrepresented themselves will be removed from the database and penalized (see registry webpage for more information).
To search the database for certified Section 3 businesses, register your business for inclusion, or for more information on the Business Registry Please contact the |S|B|G|A| by Mail or simply call (202)417-7242