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Women-Owned Small Businesses


WOSB Program News - updated 12/04/2017


Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program


The WOSB Federal Contract Program was implemented in February 2011 with the goal of expanding opportunities for WOSBs to win Federal contracts by providing a level playing field for WOSBs to compete. It is also intended to assist Federal agencies to meet the contracting goals for WOSBs. The Program allows WOSBs to compete for set-aside contracts or receive sole source awards in industries where women-owned small businesses are substantially underrepresented.  It also enables Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) to compete for set-aside contracts or receive sole source awards in industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented.  SBA is responsible for implementing and administering the Program.


Basic Facts:

  • The WOSB Program relies upon a self-certification process. Firms may self-certify as a WOSB or an EDWOSB by providing all the required documents to Certify.SBA.gov and updating its status as a WOSB or an EDWOSB on SAM.gov. Firms have an option to obtain WOSB or EDWOSB certification from one of the four SBA-approved third-party certifiers. For more information, please click here .
  • In order to qualify, a firm must be at least 51% directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. If the woman who is the majority owner or controls the management of the firm is economically disadvantaged, the firm may qualify as an EDWOSB.
  • Set-asides and sole source awards are permitted under the WOSB Program.
  • The set aside or sole source procurement must be in the industries designated by SBA as underrepresented or substantially underrepresented. SBA has designated six-digit North American Industry Classification System codes to denote the industries where WOSBs are underrepresented or substantially underrepresented. Current lists of six-digit 2017 NAICS codes eligible for use under the WOSB Program may be viewed at WOSB and EDWOSB.
  • WOSBs and EDWOSBs are allowed to compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs such as 8(a) set-asides or HUBZone set-asides if they meet the program requirements.
  • There are no caps on the dollar amounts for set-aside contracts under the WOSB Program.
  • Contracting officers, not SBA, are responsible for verifying that offerors have provided all the required documents to Certify.SBA.gov in WOSB or EDWOSB procurements. FAR 19.1503(c).



If you are a Contracting Officer, please click here.  


If you are a WOSB, please click here

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