Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification - ONLY THE 4 NON-PROFITS BELOW CAN PROVIDE AUTHORIZED 3RD PARTY WOSB CERTIFICATIONS


“DON’T” allow disreputable companies to charge you for a third party WOSB Certification. SBA loans are one of the best ways to help your business grow and, in some cases, to even fully finance a new business venture.

This U.S. federal program offers very flexible terms and favorable interest rates to lessen the burden of today’s competitive corporate environment. On the other hand, SBA loans are sometimes difficult to get as the requirements set by the Small Business Administration are stringent. The application process requires meticulous preparation and funding may take many months to receive.

Other things to consider are the underwriting criteria of the bank providing the SBA loan. The SBA does not issue loans directly; they guarantee loans issued by participating lenders. SBA loans, are also referred to 7(a) loans.

GP&M can help you navigate the SBA process and assist with submitting your application to have your business become a Self Certified SBA Women-Owned Small Business.

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

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.

Joining the women’s contracting program makes your business eligible to compete for federal contracts set aside for the program. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for.

  • Meet all the requirements of the women’s contracting program
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with a personal net worth less than $750,000
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each $6 million or less in personal assets

The eligibility requirements to qualify as a WOSB or an EDWOSB are fully defined in Title 13 Part 127 Subpart B of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). You can also get a preliminary assessment of whether you qualify at the SBA’s Certify website.

Get certified as a women-owned small business

Before you can participate in the women’s contracting program, you must be either self-certified or third-party certified. Both methods will require you to use the certify.SBA.gov website. You’ll need to have a profile at SAM.gov before you can use the certification website.

After you provide your certification information through certify.SBA.gov, you should update your business profile at SAM.gov to show contracting officers that your business is in the women’s contracting program. The SBA doesn’t send letters of certification for the women’s contracting program.

You’ll need to update your certification information through both SAM.gov and certify.SBA.gov once a year to maintain your status with the program.

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

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.

Joining the women’s contracting program makes your business eligible to compete for federal contracts set aside for the program. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for.

Women’s contracting program eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the women’s contracting program, your business must:

  • Be a small business
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens
  • Have women manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions

To qualify as an economically disadvantaged business within the women’s contracting program, your business must:

  • Meet all the requirements of the women’s contracting program
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with a personal net worth less than $750,000
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each $6 million or less in personal assets

The eligibility requirements to qualify as a WOSB or an EDWOSB are fully defined in Title 13 Part 127 Subpart B of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). You can also get a preliminary assessment of whether you qualify at the SBA’s Certify website.

Get certified as a women-owned small business

Before you can participate in the women’s contracting program, you must be either self-certified or third-party certified. Both methods will require you to use the certify.SBA.gov website. You’ll need to have a profile at SAM.gov before you can use the certification website.

After you provide your certification information through certify.SBA.gov, you should update your business profile at SAM.gov to show contracting officers that your business is in the women’s contracting program. The SBA doesn’t send letters of certification for the women’s contracting program.

You’ll need to update your certification information through both SAM.gov and certify.SBA.gov once a year to maintain your status with the program.

Self-Certification

You can self-certify directly at certify.SBA.gov by answering questions and uploading documents. The information you’ll need to provide will vary based on your business structure and whether you’re already participating in other SBA programs. Review the preparation checklist at the certify website.

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program

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

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.

Joining the women’s contracting program makes your business eligible to compete for federal contracts set aside for the program. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for.

Women’s contracting program eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the women’s contracting program, your business must:

  • Be a small business
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens
  • Have women manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions

To qualify as an economically disadvantaged business within the women’s contracting program, your business must:

  • Meet all the requirements of the women’s contracting program
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with a personal net worth less than $750,000
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each $6 million or less in personal assets

The eligibility requirements to qualify as a WOSB or an EDWOSB are fully defined in Title 13 Part 127 Subpart B of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). You can also get a preliminary assessment of whether you qualify at the SBA’s Certify website.

Get certified as a women-owned small business

Before you can participate in the women’s contracting program, you must be either self-certified or third-party certified. Both methods will require you to use the certify.SBA.gov website. You’ll need to have a profile at SAM.gov before you can use the certification website.

After you provide your certification information through certify.SBA.gov, you should update your business profile at SAM.gov to show contracting officers that your business is in the women’s contracting program. The SBA doesn’t send letters of certification for the women’s contracting program.

You’ll need to update your certification information through both SAM.gov and certify.SBA.gov once a year to maintain your status with the program.

Self-certification

You can self-certify directly at certify.SBA.gov by answering questions and uploading documents. The information you’ll need to provide will vary based on your business structure and whether you’re already participating in other SBA programs. Review the preparation checklist at the certify website.

Is your business SBA certified?


Government agencies reserve contracts for small businesses that are certified in the SBA’s contracting programs.

Third-party certification

There are (ONLY) four organizations approved by the SBA to provide third-party WOSB certifications. Contact them to find out about their certification process. They are:

You’ll need to provide proof of your third-party certification through certify.SBA.gov. Read the instructions carefully to make sure you provide all the necessary information.

The SBA also accepts a current, valid 8(a) certification. You must provide your 8(a) certification and annual review letters through certify.SBA.gov.

Need help?

Office Government Contracting – Women-Owned Small Business program
409 Third St. SW eighth floor
Washington, DC 20416
wosb@sba.gov

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  • In general, to qualify for an SBA Loan, a business must be:
    • Owner-operated
    • For-profit
    • US-based business

     

  • SBA loans are available for:
    • Manufacturers
    • Retailers
    • Seasonal businesses
    • General and trade construction companies
    • Agricultural firms
    • Businesses that offer professional services such as doctors, dentists and veterinarians

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