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Upcoming WOSB and EDWOSB certification improvements

Photo courtesy of: Mateus Campos Felipe, Photo Journalist.

Starting on July 15, 2020, the certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) will begin to change as SBA implements Congress’ changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Federal Contracting Program), as put forth in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

These new regulations make it easier for qualified small businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contracting Program by improving customer experience. At the same time, the SBA is strengthening oversight and maintaining the integrity of the certification process.

Once the new WOSB Federal Contracting Program regulations go into effect:

  • SBA will provide a new, free online certification process for WOSBs and EDWOSBs.
  • SBA will allow participation from firms certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Verification and Evaluations, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • SBA will allow continued participation from businesses that utilize approved ThirdParty Certifiers (TPC) to obtain WOSB or EDWOSB certification.
  • SBA will eliminate the current self-certification option from certify.sba.gov, effective October 15, 2020.

We will provide regular updates on this page. Firms also can contact their local SBA regional and district office or Women’s Business Center with questions.

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