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HUUB founder and CEO Jenny Poon explains how cities can re-envision technical assistance programs to bring education and resources to their small businesses.

As the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants who established their own restaurant, Jenny Poon witnessed firsthand the struggles of navigating the ins and outs of growing a small business. When she became an entrepreneur herself, she drew from that experience to create a resource platform bringing community building and business support methodology to city governments.

HUUB, the company she founded, recently won the 2024 CivStart Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest — a contest looking for solutions that enhance communication with government, business owners and citizens, that streamline processes and foster collaboration.

In this episode of GovTech: In Case You Missed It, Jenny speaks to Dustin and Joe about the challenges exposed by the pandemic, her desire to help overstretched economic development teams, and the equity created in communities when access is improved and barriers are lowered, so that more underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs create businesses and jobs.


  • Read about the platform and schedule a demo of HUUB
  • Connect with Jenny Poon on LinkedIn


In Case You Missed It is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* President Dustin Haisler and Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

Follow along live Fridays at 12 p.m. PST on LinkedIn and YouTube.

*e.Republic is Government Technology’s parent company.


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Dustin Haisler is the president of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.
Joseph Morris is the chief innovation officer of <i>Government Technology</i>’s parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.