The Small Business Act (Pub. L. 85–536, as amended October 7, 2010), effective February 4, 2011, implemented procedures to help ensure a level playing field on which Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) can compete for Federal contracting opportunities. The WOSB Program is a program that authorizes contracting officers to restrict certain requirements for competition solely amongst WOSBs or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs).
The Department of Navy (DON) target award is 3% of its prime contracting dollars to WOSB's. The DON Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is committed to providing assistance to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) in doing business with the Navy.
To be eligible for the WOSB program, a business must:
To be eligible for the EDWOSB program, a business must:
To participate in the Program, a WOSB or EDWOSB must meet the eligibility requirements and either:
All WOSBs and EDWOSBs must register their status in the System for Award Management (SAM), as well as upload required documents to the WOSB Program Repository.
A third party certifier is a national certifying entity approved by the Administrator that may engage in the certification process for the WOSB Program. At this time, no third party certifiers have been approved by the SBA. The SBA is currently in the process of reviewing applications for third party certifiers and will post the names of the approved third party certifiers on www.sba.gov/wosb.
SBA will accept certifications by SBA of 8(a) Business Development (BD) Participants as long as the 8(a) BD Participant is 51% owned and controlled by one or more women and the business is currently in the BD program. However, a certified 8(a) BD Participant still needs to submit their 8(a) certification and WOSB certification to the WOSB Program Repository.
DON Office of Small Business: WOSBinfo@navy.mil