The Texas A&M system as a whole is more than holding it's own when it comes to doing business with Historically Under-utilized Businesses (HUBs). According to the Amarillo Globe News, "The A&M system spent $267 million, or nearly 30 percent, of its spending on the program this year. By contrast, the state dedicated nearly 16 percent, while universities outside the A&M system did 20 percent". Furthermore, the article goes on to mention that Laredo's own TAMIU tops the list considereing that it spent roughly $4.2 million dollars or 64% of it's allotted budget for general services and construction directly with HUBs. The article also states:
The benefit of the HUB program is it gives exposure to minority-owned businesses to state agencies," said R.J. DeSilva, a spokesman for the state comptroller's office. "The size of the agency is what's key in this. When you're talking about schools, you're talking about a lot of procurement opportunities.
HUB programs are primarily oriented toward minority- and women-owned businesses. There are more than 14,000 registered HUBs in Texas. State law requires Texas agencies and institutions to participate in the program.