Being a woman entrepreneur requires strength. Who knew that it would take the same strength and tenacity to register as one? While it’s considered a taxing process that can take up to a year, becoming a certified women owned small business (WOSB) has numerous payoffs, including the opportunity to land more government contracts.
Each year, the U.S. federal government aims to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracts to WOSB. If your business qualifies as a WOSB, you can potentially land these “set aside” government contracts, along with benefiting from other business opportunities.
How do I register a women-owned small business?
To become eligible, you’ll need to join the women owned small business federal contracting program, or women’s contracting program.
As part of a new series on becoming small business certified, here is a step-by-step guide on how to join the women’s contracting program and register your women-owned small business.
Step 1: Create a User Account at login.gov.
If you already have one, go to the second step. If not, create a user account at login.gov, which will allow you to sign in to SAM.gov.
Step 2: Create a profile at SAM.gov.
Use your login.gov username and password to log into SAM.gov.
You will need this profile setup to get certified as a WOSB.
Step 2: Become a certified women-owned small business.
With your profile setup at SAM.gov, you can now go to the certification website, certify.SBA.gov, and click, Get Started.
You can choose to become self-certified or third-party certified as a WOSB.
To prepare for the certification process, read the SBA’s WOSB or EDWOSB preparation checklists.
Step 3: Update Your Business Profile
Once certified, the third step is to go back to SAM.gov and update your business profile. This lets contracting officers know that you are officially in the women’s contracting program. Congratulations!
Step 4: Market Your Certification
After your hard work has paid off, it’s time to advertise your certification in places such as your website and marketing materials.
Step 4: Maintain Program Status
To ensure that you’re always in the program, update your certification once a year at both sites: SAM.gov and certify.SBA.gov.
Benefits of joining the Women’s Contracting Program
As part of the women’s contracting program, your business can now compete for federal contracts designated for WOSB and for economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB).
Can I still qualify for other contract awards? Yes. Becoming a member of the women’s contracting program does NOT disqualify you for other socio-economic programs.
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