Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB & EDWOSB)


October 21, 2020 – Acquisition Hour: U.S. SBA Federal Women-Owned Small Business Program: The Transition is Happening Now

If your business qualifies as a Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) and you are a CURRENT or POTENTIAL FEDERAL CONTRACTOR effective July 15, 2020 the CERTIFICATION PROCESS is CHANGING!
Once the new WOSB Federal Contracting Program regulations go into effect:
  • SBA will provide a new, free online certification process for WOSBs and EDWOSBs.
  • SBA will allow participation from firms certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Verification and Evaluations, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • SBA will eliminate the current self-certification option from certify.sba.gov, effective October 15, 2020.
Starting July 15, 2020 you may either:
  • By October 15th self-certify through beta.certify.sba.gov (approval will be sent to business after October 15th)- free; OR
  • Certify through an approved third-party entity at a cost (you will need to upload the required documents into the beta.certify.sba.gov )
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The federal government’s goal is to award 5% of all federal contracts to women-owned small businesses annually. These contracts are for industries when woman-owned businesses are underrepresented.

To be eligible for the women’s contracting program, your business must:

  • Be a small business
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens
  • Have women manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions

To qualify as an economically disadvantaged business within the women’s contracting program, your business must:

  • Meet all the requirements of the women’s contracting program
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with a personal net worth less than $750,000
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each $6 million or less in personal assets

Learn more about Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program at www.sba.gov.

View applicable NAICs codes for the WOSB and EDWOSB programs.

For additional information on this topic, please contact our staff of experts at info@wispro.org or 414-270-3600