Women-Owned Small Business Certification

  • On October 7, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule effective February 4, 2011, aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs).

    The WOSB Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible:

    • Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs)
    • Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)

    Five Steps to Participate in the WOSB program:

    1. Read the WOSB Federal Contract program regulations in the Federal Register and the WOSB Compliance Guide. (Links below)
    2. Register in System for Award Management (SAM) as an WOSB or EDWOSB. (Create an account now if you don’t already have one.)
    3. Log onto SBA’s General Login System (GLS).
    4. Go to the WOSB program repository (through GLS) and upload / categorize all required documents.

    WOSB Resources

    For Customer Assistance, contact:

    SBA Answer Desk
    (toll free) 1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722)
    Answer Desk TTY: (704) 344-6640
    E-mail: wosb@sba.gov