WOSB Certification Benefits

The Woman Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) is designed to authorize government contracting officers to set aside certain requirements for competition solely among WOSBs. This set-aside, according to the Small Business Administration, is equal to about 5 percent of all government contracts, or roughly $30 billion each year.

What kind of contracts are “set aside” or earmarked for WOSBs?

Between September 1, 2015 and September 15, 2015, the Department of the Army released several solicitations on which only qualified WOSBs could bid. These solicitations for bids ran the gamut, from providing it with office and living room furniture (which were separate solicitations); a GRACO Linelazer IV; and new mother fitness training, to providing it with thermal target replacement part; refuse collection and disposal in Lake Georgetown and Granger Lake in Texas; and contractors to work as dining hall attendants.

And that’s just the Army.

In this same time period, the Department of the Treasury solicited for a WOSB to commit to pickup, destroy, and dispose of sensitive but unclassified materials; the Department of the Veterans Affairs sought a WOSB to provide mail pre-sorting services at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center; and the Department of the Air Force sought a WOSB to provide hood and duct cleaning services.

Altogether, federal and government agencies released 57 solicitations on which only WOSBs could bid, between September 1, 2015 and September 15, 2015, which translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars of available contracting business.

To qualify as a WOSB, the business must be considered a small business (as defined by the business’ applicable NAICS code) and at least 51 percent directly owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens.

There are 83 industries eligible for WOSB Set-Aside Contracts. The NAICS codes for and descriptions of these industries follow:

NAICS Code     NAICS Description
2213     Water, Sewage and Other systems
2372     Land Subdivision
2361     Residential Building Construction
3152     Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
2371     Utility System Construction
3231     Printing and Related Support Activities
2381     Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
3259     Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
2382     Building Equipment Contractors
3328     Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
2383     Building Finishing Contractors
3329     Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
2389     Other Specialty Trade Contractors
3371     Household & Institutional Furniture & Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
3149     Other Textile Product Mills
3372     Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
3159     Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing
3391     Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
3219     Other Wood Product Manufacturing
4841     General Freight Trucking
3222     Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
4889     Other Support Activities for Transportation
3321     Forging and Stamping
4931     Warehousing and Storage
3323     Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
5111     Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
3324     Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
5112     Software Publishers
3333     Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
5171     Wired Telecommunications Carriers
3342     Communications Equipment Manufacturing
5172     Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
3345     Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, & Control Instruments Manufacturing
5179     Other Telecommunications
3346     Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
5182     Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
3353     Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
5191     Other Information Services
3359     Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
5312     Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
3369     Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
5324     Commercial & Industrial Machinery & Equipment Rental & Leasing
4842     Specialized Freight Trucking
5411     Legal Services
4881     Support Activities for Air Transportation
5412     Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, & Payroll Services
4884     Support Activities for Road Transportation
5417     Scientific Research and Development Services
4885     Freight Transportation Arrangement
5418     Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
5121     Motion Picture and Video Industries
5615     Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
5311     Lessors of Real Estate
5619     Other Support Services
5413     Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
5621     Waste Collection
5414     Specialized Design Services
5622     Waste Treatment and Disposal
5415     Computer Systems Design and Related Services
6114     Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
5416     Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
6115     Technical and Trade Schools
5419     Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
6117     Educational Support Services
5611     Office Administrative Services
6242     Community Food and Housing, and Emergency & Other Relief Services
5612     Facilities Support Services
6243     Vocational Rehabilitation Services
5614     Business Support Services
7211     Traveler Accommodation
5616     Investigation and Security Services
8112     Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
5617     Services to Buildings and Dwellings
8129     Other Personal Services
6116     Other Schools and Instruction
8139     Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
6214     Outpatient Care Centers
6219     Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
7115     Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
7223     Special Food Services
8111     Automotive Repair and Maintenance
8113     Commercial & Industrial Machinery & Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair & Maintenance
8114     Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance

Of course, to bid on a WOSB set-aside contract, and other contracts, you not only must be certified as a WOSB, but you also must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

With the registration and verification process time-consuming and often confusing, US Federal Contractor Registration is here to help.

We file on behalf of our client WOSBs the paperwork necessary to complete its registration and quality if to bid on WOSB set-aside contracts. We also can complete a client’s SAM registration.

If you are interested in starting the WOSB registration process for your business, please call on one our of placement and acquisition specialists at 877-252-2700 ext. 1.

Filed under: Set-Asides, WOSB