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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.
Requirements for Women-Owned (WOSB) and Economic Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Set-Asides
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- 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.
This page was last updated January 25, 2013.