Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)


Women owned small businessOn October 7, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule effective February 4, 2011, aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible:

  • Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or
  • Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)

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.

For certification application information and instructions, visit the SBA’s WOSB webpage:

https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/women-owned-small-businesses or https://wosb.certify.sba.gov/

For an additional resource check out the ChallengeHER Program: https://virginiaptac.org/useful-link/challengeher-program/

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COVID-19 Resources


(note: this page will continue to be updated as we receive additional information)


Federal Resources

Department of Defense

Federal Reserve


Small Business Administration

*note as of April 16, 2020:  “SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information on the availability of the EIDL portal to receive new applications (including those from agricultural enterprises) will be provided as soon as possible.

Sources Sought Notices

  1. Coast Guard Personal Protective Equipment https://beta.sam.gov/opp/1603b60bb798455eb19fdaa22c921770/view?keywords=PPE&sort=-%20modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1
  2. DLA Information Operations is accepting Other Transaction Authority (OTA) whitepapers on the following problem statements that support COVID-19:
    • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Re-Use and Decontamination
    • Prototype PPE: N95 Equivalent Masks NOTE: DLA will be reviewing white papers and taking action as they are received due to the critical need for this equipment. The white paper submission period closes May 4, 2020 at 1:00 EDT. The direct link: https://www.dla.mil/HQ/InformationOperations/Accelerate/
  3. DLA Troop Support Medical Face Shields  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/0c910947d1734294a98044ec265aea6f/view?keywords=PPE&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=3
  4. DLA Troop Support Clothing & Textile Request for Information for PPE in response to COVID-19 https://beta.sam.gov/opp/c30f925480824861860331bc4108b96f/view#contact
  5. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Urgent Need The FAA is seeking to identify suppliers who can provide certain supplies and services related to COVID-19. They have asked that Contractors fill out this market research questionnaire: FAA_COVID-19_Market_Research_Questionnaire. Provide as many responses in the yellow highlighted cells as possible. Email completed questionnaire in Excel format and any other relevant documentation with the Subject: “Company Name_FAA COVID-19 Market Research Questionnaire” to this email address: 9-AFN-ACQ-EM@faa.gov
  6. FEMA How to Help https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
  7. FEMA COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies https://beta.sam.gov/opp/3e05e664e606486ca34d1a41b47ff0ff/view?keywords=PPE&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1 replaced with *NEW* DLA RFI: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/cf0766e281734dea80bec6678dc786ce/view
  8. GSA COVID-19 PPE Sources Sought https://feedback.gsa.gov/jfe/form/SV_d5WVJ9fHpsaqI0B
  9. GSA PPE https://beta.sam.gov/opp/2ef99b823ce64634a5c623ce44ae817e/view?keywords=ppe&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1
  10. Veterans Affairs PPE Items for COVID – 19  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/8e9a8a919f4b4eb48043ab42c476d911/view?keywords=PPE&sort=- modifiedDate&index=opp&is_active=true&page=2
  11. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) reaching out through Other Transaction Agreements, BARDA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement for advanced development and licensing of COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines or medicines https://www.phe.gov/about/amcg/otar/Pages/default.aspx

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