Essnova Receives Certification Under the SBA HUBZone Program

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Essnova Receives Certification Under the SBA HUBZone Program

Essnova Receives Certification Under the SBA HUBZone Program

Stennis Space Center, MS – Birmingham, AL-based geospatial firm Essnova, a member of the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) Cluster, announced the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certified Essnova as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business effective December 20, 2016.

“Receiving certification under the SBA HUBZone Program gives our company a great opportunity to continue to develop our business, as well as generate incredible teaming relationships,” said Sridhara Gutti, President & CEO of the firm. “the HUBZone certification gives us an additional means to successfully compete for government business, which will add to our growth and our ability to bring jobs to the underutilized business zone, to our community and beyond.”

HUBZone stimulates economic development and creates jobs by providing Federal contracting preferences to small HUBZone certified businesses. The HUBZone preferences go to small businesses that obtain certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. To qualify for certification, companies must also maintain a principal office in one of the specially designated HUBZone areas. The program originated from provisions in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. Essnova is also an SBA-certified 8(a) small business.

“I would like to congratulate Essnova for making it through the rigorous process of certification into the HUBZone program.” States Craig Harvey with EIGS. “The process can take many months and ensures that only the highest qualified companies are selected into the program.”

Serving a wide range of commercial clients across the globe, Essnova is rapidly emerging as a market leader for geospatial consulting in both commercial and governmental sectors. In addition to geospatial consulting, Essnova provides software development, recruitment and placing services. A team of GIS professionals founded Essnova in 2005 filling an industry need for an IT consulting firm who could combine deep experience in GIS with a more cost effective approach to project engagements. Essnova is an SBA 8(a) Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) based in Birmingham, Alabama and is led by a highly qualified and experienced management team. To find out more, please visit

About EIGS:

The EIGS cluster, whose geographic region currently encompasses the northern Gulf Coast from the East Texas border to Pensacola, consists of similar and complementary organizations in the geospatial industry sector, including private companies, universities, associations, state agencies, and Federal agencies.  For more information, visit