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

Women have been making their mark in business with the government for some time by participating in the development and advancements of technologies changing the world of government and how the government does business. These are the women are entrepreneurs and business owners, who have perfected their business skills and develop better methods for the government to do their business. They 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 looking to change how we shop and buy merchandise, the educators, pursuing exploration of sciences and the activists who spur the government’s legislation for changes 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 it target of 5 percent. In an attempt to improve these percentages, the federal government authorized contracting offices to restrict certain industries especially for WOSB competition.Women Owned Small Business ResourcesUnder the SBA’s Office for the Women's Business Centers (WBCs) is a national operations set up to assist women in doing business with the government. The WBC can assist in obtaining your certifications, women owned business 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 WSOB’s.The reasons for these high numbers in the report findings of under representation by WOSB may come from not having a sufficient pool of WOSB registered. The question is where are these WOSB that are ready, willing and able to do business with the federal government?When we look at the number of WOSB in the USA operating successfully, the government’s resource for WOSB should be adequate. Is it that women prefer to do business in different categories or are they simply choosing not to do business with the federal government? Women Owned Business NetworkingOne of the largest organizations for women in business is Women's Conferences in California.

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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