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Women-Owned Small Business Guide

The WOSB Program became effective on February 4, 2011.  Small businesses may now begin taking steps to participate in the Program.  The WOSB rule in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), is going through the final review, and is expected to be issued by April. The goal is for WOSBs and EDWOSBs to be ready to compete for contracts awarded in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which is when the largest percent of small business contracts are awarded.

SBA releases guidelines for compliance with new WOSB set-aside program

Eleven years after President Clinton signed the new law, SBA has finally released guidelines for the new Woman Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program providing equal access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB).  The program allows contracting officers to set aside specific federal contracts for certified WOSBs and EDWOSBs and includes a relatively easy self-certification process and specific instructions on how to take advantage of the program.


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