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Women-owned Small Businesses Concerns

The U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule effective, 04 February 2011, aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSBs). The Federal Contract Program authorizes contracting officers to set-aside certain federal contracts for eligible WOSBs. To be eligible, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be "small" in accordance with Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards. In order for a WOSB to be deemed "economically disadvantaged" its owner must demonstrate its economic disadvantages through the requirements set forth in the final rule.  As a reminder, only companies that represent themselves as EDWOSBs are eligible to receive the award of contracts in EDWOSB industries, but both EDWOSBs and WOSBs are eligible to receive the award of contracts in WOSB industries. 

Requirements for Women-Owned (WOSB) and Economic Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Set-Asides

 

WOSB Set-Aside

EDWOSB Set-Aside

Industries

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to solicitation, IFB or quote is in an industry in which WOSBs are underrepresented.    (38 4-digit NAICS designated)

NAICS code assigned to solicitation, IFB or quote is in an industry in which WOSBs are substantially underrepresented.                                              (45 4-digit NAICS designated)

Rule of two

Contracting officer has reasonable expectation that 2 or more WOSBS will submit an offer. * Note: All EDWOSBs are WOSBs

Contracting officer has reasonable expectation that 2 or more WOSBS will submit an offer. * Note: All WOSBs are EDWOSBs

Basic Facts

There is no limit on the amount that can be awarded to a WOSB under this program

Contract can be awarded at fair market price.

  • There are no sole source awards for WOSBs or EDWOSBs under this program.
  • The WOSB or EDWOSB must meet certain limitations on subcontracting. Joint ventures are permitted if certain requirements are met.