To be eligible, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one
or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women
must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be “small” in
its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards
for that industry. In order for a WOSB to be deemed
“economically disadvantaged,” its owners must
demonstrate economic disadvantage in accordance with the requirements
set forth in the final rule.
5 Steps to participate in the WOSB program:
1.Read the WOSB Federal Contract program
regulations in the Federal Register and the WOSB Compliance Guide.
2.Register in Central Contractor Registration
(CCR) as WOSB or EDWOSB.*
3.Log onto SBA’s General Login System
(GLS). *Obtain an account now if you don’t already have one
4.Go to the WOSB program repository (through GLS)
and upload / categorize all required documents.
5.Represent your status in Online Representations
and Certifications Application (ORCA).*
*The CCR and ORCA system updates to accommodate the new business types
are currently in process by the General Services Administration. These
updates are expected to be completed in April 2011.
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