8(m) WOSB/EDWOSB Program

8(m) Program

The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000. Section 811 of that Act added a new section 8(m), 15 U.S.C. 637(m), authorizing Federal contracting officers to restrict competition to eligible Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSBs) for Federal contracts in certain industries. The purpose of this authority is to provide equal access to federal contracting opportunities for WOSB and EDWOSB small businesses.

NAICS CODES:
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ADVANTAGES:

  • Women owned small businesses can win Set-Aside federal government contracts
  • Set-Aside are available for projects with value of less than $3 million non-manufacturing & $5 million for manufacturing
  • 5% of all federal spending is set-aside for WOSB/EDWOSB
  • 5% subcontracting requirement to WOSB from large prime contractors
  • Equal playing field with other programs such as HUBZone, SDVOSB & 8a
  • New Mentor Protégé program for WOSB
  • Creates processes and guidelines for contracting officers to award set-aside contracts to WOSB’s
  • No term limit in the program
  • 83 Industries: Qualification by NAICS codes
  • Rule of 2 for WOSB on 45 industries
  • No Rule of 2 for EDWOSB on 38 industries
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