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What is a WOSB (Woman Owned Small Business)?

Getting certified as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB certification) on the federal and local level leads to additional revenue streams. You get access to contracting opportunities that are set aside specifically for businesses with WOSB certification.

WOSB = Woman Owned Small Business –NAICS codes are required, and must be a small business

EDWOSB = Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business – must provide proof of economic disadvantage, NAICS codes are required, and must be a small business

WBE = Woman Business Enterprise – No NAICS code requirement, no size requirement

THE WOMAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (WOSB)

Program Was Designed To:

  • Level the playing field for women business owners with set aside contracts.
  • Make it easier for woman-owned companies to compete for and win federal contracts
  • Assist women owned small businesses grow their revenue stream
  • Form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts, making it easier for your WOSB firm to perform on larger “prime” contracts
  • Ability to propose and bid on local or national contracts

There are many additional benefits to WOSB certification including training and education programs, mentorship events, networking opportunities, access to leads for bids and proposals, and connecting with purchasing agents.

WOSB certification is one of the most impactful certifications the Government has to offer, and with that, has a lengthy and detailed application process. Our team of experts have processed many applications and we maintain a 98% acceptance rate.

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Some of the WOSB certification requirements include:

  • The business must be considered small in accordance with NAICS size standards
  • Must verify NAICS code eligibility
  • 51% of business ownership must be unconditional and direct by a woman or group of women
  • The business must be operational for at least 6 months and have customer/clients
  • The applicant women must have ultimate managerial and supervisory control over the business for a minimum of six months.
  • The applicant women must manage, control, and operate daily business as well as hold the highest officer position, manage it on a full-time basis and have no outside employment.
  • Business must be legally organized and in good standing as required by all applicable federal, state, county, or city regulations in which the applicant operates.
  • The business cannot be owned by an irrevocable trust. The trust must be revocable where the woman is the grantor, the trustee, and the sole current beneficiary of the trust.

Our team can help to ensure that your business meets the criteria necessary for WOSB certification as well as handle preparation and filing of all WOSB supporting documentation on your behalf. You know your business. We know government contracting. Let us help guide you through this process.

Can I process my own WOSB certification?

Yes, you can, but why would you want to? Most self-submissions get rejected because some information on the application is inaccurate or missing. It is a long and complicated process. If you haven’t done it before, it can be overwhelming. Our professional processors have submitted thousands of WOSB certification applications. We know how to cross the t’s and dot the i’s to make sure your application gets accepted the first time. We have a solid history of getting approved on the first submission.

How long does it take to get a WOSB certification?

The processing team will complete your application and gather all the supporting documents required for submission. Then, they will submit your information to the Small Business Administration for review. Usually, this process can take up to 60 days for the approval. Sometimes the processors go back and forth with the review committee to verify information. They also tend to get backed up with applications which delays the process. Typically, with the help of Select GCR, Woman Owned Small Business certification doesn’t take the full 60 days.

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Does WOSB certification require renewal?

Yes. WOSB certification requires an annual renewal. The Small Business Administration will request specific updates to submitted documentation and proof that the female ownership has not changed. Select GCR can help you when it comes time to renew as well. Just give your dedicated Government Procurement Advisor a call when the time comes, and we can help you renew.

What’s the difference between WOSB and WBE?

They are both women owned business certifications, but the similarities stop there. WOSB certification requires business owners to verify not only they are woman owned, but that they are a small business. They also are required to verify their NAICS codes when processing. This gives it the upper hand in government contracting terms. The government is required by law to “set aside” award money to small businesses, especially women owned small businesses. WBE certification does not require NAICS codes and can be medium or large sized companies. Its harder to get traction in the government contracting sector with just a WBE. Its more valuable for business to get a WOSB certification.

Does WOSB certification require renewal?

Yes. WOSB certification requires an annual renewal. The Small Business Administration will request specific updates to submitted documentation and proof that the female ownership has not changed. Select GCR can help you when it comes time to renew as well. Just give your dedicated Government Procurement Advisor a call when the time comes, and we can help you renew.

What’s the difference between WOSB and WBE?

They are both women owned business certifications, but the similarities stop there. WOSB certification requires business owners to verify not only they are woman owned, but that they are a small business. They also are required to verify their NAICS codes when processing. This gives it the upper hand in government contracting terms. The government is required by law to “set aside” award money to small businesses, especially women owned small businesses. WBE certification does not require NAICS codes and can be medium or large sized companies. Its harder to get traction in the government contracting sector with just a WBE. Its more valuable for business to get a WOSB certification.

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WHAT PERCENTAGE MAKES A BUSINESS

Woman Owned?

A woman must own 51% of the business and manage day to day operations. The business must be managed, controlled, and operated daily by a woman or group of women. The woman must also have the highest-level officer position, manage the business full time and have no other source of employment. All of these are requirements for WOSB Certification.

HOW MUCH WAS AWARDED TO

Woman Owned Small Businesses Last Year?

According to SBA.gov, WOSB Certified businesses took 4.6% of awarded contracts this past fiscal year. This accounts for more than 26 billion dollars. This is the third straight year accomplishing that percentage. With all-time highs occurring now, what better time to jump in on WOSB certification?

With Select GCR, you could be on your way to earning a slice of the American pie. The government is looking for businesses just like yours to become suppliers and provide services to the federal sector. Work for federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation. You could also work on a local level with city, county, or state offices. Get onboard with Select GCR and watch your revenue increase and business grow exponentially.

WHAT PERCENTAGE MAKES A BUSINESS

Woman Owned?

A woman must own 51% of the business and manage day to day operations. The business must be managed, controlled, and operated daily by a woman or group of women. The woman must also have the highest-level officer position, manage the business full time and have no other source of employment. All of these are requirements for WOSB Certification.

HOW MUCH WAS AWARDED TO

Woman Owned Small Businesses Last Year?

According to SBA.gov, WOSB Certified businesses took 4.6% of awarded contracts this past fiscal year. This accounts for more than 26 billion dollars. This is the third straight year accomplishing that percentage. With all-time highs occurring now, what better time to jump in on WOSB certification?

With Select GCR, you could be on your way to earning a slice of the American pie. The government is looking for businesses just like yours to become suppliers and provide services to the federal sector. Work for federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation. You could also work on a local level with city, county, or state offices. Get onboard with Select GCR and watch your revenue increase and business grow exponentially.

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