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How to Get Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB) Certified

How to Get Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB) Certified

Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:00am to 11:00am

**This event was rescheduled from the original 10/28/2021 date**

In this webinar session, we will discuss the WOSB/EDWOSB requirements and how to certify in

The Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification is available for qualified woman owned small businesses through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Joining the women’s contracting program can make the WOSB eligible to compete for federal contracts set-aside for the program. The WOSB set-asides are for industries where women have been historically underrepresented for example the construction industry. Some contracts are restricted further to economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB) which adds the further requirement of income verification.

Up until October 2020, woman owned small businesses could self-certify for the program. The SBA now requires full certification for qualified WOSB/EDWOSB through the SBA certification website.

Webinar Topics Include:

  • WOSB/EDWOSB overview
  • Program requirements
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) WOSB/EDWOSB Codes
  • Registering and navigating

Interested in this webinar but don’t know if the WOSB is right for you?

The full eligibility requirements for WOSB and EDWOSB are outlined here: Title 13 Part 127 Subpart B of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The following are the minimum eligibility requirements:

To be eligible as a WOSB, your business must:

  • Be a small business as indicated by the NAICS size standard chart
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens
  • Women must manage the day-to-day operations and make long-term decisions

To be eligible as an EDWOSB, your business must:

  • Meet all requirements of the women-owned contracting program
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with a personal net worth less than $750,000 and adjusted gross income average of $350,000 over the previous three years.
  • Applicant(s) must have $6 million or less in personal assets

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month

Join us this month in celebrating the success of female entrepreneurs! With different perspectives, skills and experiences, women enrich the landscape of business ownership with unique ideas, solutions and technology. We're excited to partner with Women's Business Centers to offer training focused on government contracting opportunities for women business owners.

Want to learn more?

Check out the other webinars in our Women’s Small Business Month Series.


Norcal PTAC

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides no-cost government contracting counseling, bid matching, and training for businesses located in our 15-county service area in Northern California.


Oakland Women's Business Center

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center - Oakland provides training, counseling and other support services to help women entrepreneurs start and successfully grow their businesses. In addition, the center supports women business owners. The center is open to all.

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world. SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.

Women's Business Center at JEDI

The WBC at JEDI provides in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women (and men) entrepreneurs, both nascent and established businesses in the Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity and Humboldt Counties of California.


Nanci R. Pigeon
Procurement Specialist at Norcal PTAC

Nanci Pigeon has over 22 years’ experience in the Department of Defense and federal contracting. She began her contracting career as an active duty Air Force enlisted member and upon retirement from active duty, she transitioned to the federal contracting workforce. In her federal contracting career, Nanci has worked as a Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, Procurement Analyst and Small Business Specialist with the Department of the Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Upon her retirement from the federal contracting workforce, Nanci decided to provide her expertise in government contracting to small businesses by becoming a PTAC counselor. Nanci specializes in federal contracting, registrations, and certifications. She is also well versed in California State registration and certification, as well as California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS). Nanci enjoys working with each Norcal PTAC client individually and developing a specific course of action to help the client achieve their government contracting goals. Nanci has a BS in Management from Park University and an MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Strategic Purchasing. She is also a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) through the National Contract Management Association and maintains a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C).

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