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Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Programming

September 24 - October 15

The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.

WOSB and EDWOSB certification improvements

SBA’s new, free online certification process for WOSBs and EDWOSBs is live on beta.certify.sba.gov.

The current self-certification option from certify.sba.gov will be available through October 15, 2020. After that, all firms will have to use the new, free online certification process at beta.certify.sba.gov, including uploading TPC-certified documentation for processing.

Program benefits

To help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women’s contracting program.

These contracts are for industries where women-owned small businesses (WOSB) are underrepresented. Some contracts are restricted further to economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB). The SBA maintains a list of those eligible industries and their NAICS codes.

Program eligibility requirements

For more information on eligibility for the women’s contracting program, click here.

Get certified as a women-owned small business

Before firms can compete for WOSB Federal Contracting Program set-aside contracts, they must apply for certification through the new process on beta.certify.sba.gov or go through an approved TPC. Both methods will require that firms use the beta.certify.sba.gov website.

For more information about the new application process, please review the following beta.certify.sba.gov fact sheet.

For more information click here.


September 24
October 15