Changes to the WOSB/EDWOSB Certification Process take effect July 15th

SBA Nebraska District Office  - July 8th, 2020

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WOSB Federal Contracting Program is changing July 15th

WOSB Ready, Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program, Certification changes

Are you WOSB ready? If you are seeking WOSB/EDWOSB certification for the first time, the process is changing as of July 15th, 2020. The program will no longer accept self-certification after this date. Instead, WOSB owners must apply for certification through or be certified through an approved third-party entity (at a cost).

The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Federal
Contracting Program) was created to help provide a level playing field for women
business owners. When buying goods and services, the federal government limits
competition for certain contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs)
and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)
that participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) WOSB Federal
Contracting Program. Becoming certified for the WOSB Federal Contracting
Program means your business is eligible to compete for WOSB Federal Contracting
Program set-aside contracts within eligible industries. These contracts are in
industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented.

If you are already a self-certified WOSB/EDWOSB or were certified through a third-party you must download your documentation currently housed in the WOSB Program Repository at by JULY 15th. 

For more information, check out this FAQ from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

download WOSB certification documentation, Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting


Join the SBA Nebraska District Office and the Nebraska Business Development Center's Procurement Technical Assistance Center for a free webinar explaining the changes to the WOSB Federal Contracting Program.

August 11, 10-12pm CST Government Contracting Certifications: Women-Owned Small Business

Additional Upcoming Federal Contracting Webinars:

July 15, 10-12pm CST Government Contracting Agency Spotlight

July 17, 10-11am CST Cybersecurity Model Certification

July 22, 1-2pm CST GSA Schedules

July 31, 9-10:30am CST Demystifying Government Contracting: Accounting