To register and qualify for WOSB status with the federal government, an organization must meet all the following criteria:
If you believe your business qualifies for WOSB certification begin registration today and join the rest of the WOSB organizations that succeed in the federal marketplace.
Furthermore, if you’re interested in also pursuing EDWOSB (Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs) status, an organization must also meet the following eligibility requirements, in addition to those for WOSB status. The full-time female(s) who holds the highest official position must have:
Speak with our Certification Specialists to confirm your eligibility.
The federal government reserves 5% (roughly $25 billion) of the annual contracts that they allocate to businesses each year for WOSBs. That translates to billions of dollars in exclusive work opportunities which other registered businesses in the federal marketplace can’t compete for.
For Reference: In 2019 the federal government allocated $560 billion into annual contract spending, and over $26 billion of that fund was enacted for the sole purposes of supporting WOSB organizations with exclusive awards and contracting opportunities. But that’s only part of the total benefits that registered female business owners are given.
To gain access to WOSB opportunities organizations first need to undergo a comprehensive registration process with the federal government, where the difference between certification approvals and denials is frequently offset by the smallest clerical errors. The entire registration and certification processes take between roughly 60 – 70 hours, and that doesn’t count for the necessary follow-up work of certification renewals, change-in-business updates, and more.
When working with FAMR, providing us with some basic information is all it takes to getting started. We’ll also explain what to expect from your business’ registration and certification process.
Our Certification Specialists are dedicated to your organization’s success, and experts at the exhausting art of complex form-filling. We’ll stay with you every step of the way during the long federal registration process, keeping you informed with frequent updates and cooperating to ensure your business is found by awarding and procurement officers that offer the opportunities that benefit you the most.
Once your WOSB successfully enters the federal marketplace, we’ll stay with you to help
with registration renewals and review your federal account to make sure everything is accurate, compliant, and optimized for the government contracts and awards you apply for in the future.
Right now, women small business owners who are willing to research the lengthy federal certification process may file for WOSB status themselves through the SBA or by way of a third-party certifier for Federal Contracts only.
But keep in mind: The federal government requires a lot of information to certify your business—and all of it needs to be submitted flawlessly.
If a WOSB submits their certification application with errors, those business owners might need to restart the entire registration process again under even harsher guidelines. Not to mention, with the limited time left for WOSB self-registration in mind, that kind of delay can be detrimental to a business’ final certification status.
On top of that, if the WOSB does manage to receive approval despite some clerical errors when filing, that faulty information can go on to create payment delays and negatively impact an organization’s ability to win future contracts.