Government Contracting for Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB)
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Government Contracting for Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB)

Doing business with the government as a women owned small business (WOSB)

Women have made their mark in business with the government for some time by participating in the development and advancements of technologies.  Their contributions have changed how the government does business.

Women entrepreneurs and business owners are part of a unique group of initiators who have improved and heighten products of the past, opening the doors to the future.  They come from all walks of life with advantages and disadvantages, looking to do business with the federal government.

They are explorers of sciences and activists who influence the government’s legislation for change to women owned small businesses (WOSB) across the USA.  They stand at thresholds of today’s business setting the ground work for tomorrow, using governmental small business principles.

Although the number of WOSB has risen, the reports show that the government has never met its target of 5 percent.  In an attempt to improve these percentages, the federal government has initiated certain businesses opportunities for WOSB competition.

Women Owned Small Business Resources

Under the SBA’s Office, the Women's Business Centers (WBCs) is a national operation to support women in doing business with the government.  The WBC can assist in WOSB certifications; WOSB can self-certify or use a third party to obtain their certification.

According to reports and surveys generated by government requests; findings disclose 83 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries which are under represented by WOSB’s.

When we look at the number of WOSB in the USA operating successfully, the government’s resource for WOSB should be adequate. The question is where are these WOSB who are ready, willing and able to do business with the federal government?

Are women doing business in unrecognized categories, simply choosing not to do business with the federal government or unaware of the contract opportunities?  There is now an opportunity for WOSB to enter and expand their businesses within the federal government's marketplace.

Women Owned Business Networking

  • One of the largest organizations for women in business is Women's Conferences in California which holds an annual forum for women business owners
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is an organization of Women entrepreneurs
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s, unites small business to network and discuss common legislative concerns

Source: Small Business Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau: Statistics of U.S. Businesses and Business Dynamics Statistics

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