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.

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  • 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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