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Federal, State, and Local Government agencies have created programs that give women-owned businesses a better chance at receiving grants/loans, winning contracts, and qualifying for set-asides.

These programs give your company the status of being “Women-Owned Small Business Certified.” Not only does this help you succeed in Government areas, but it will also help you increase yearly revenue, be seen by more consumers, and expand your company for the future. 

This article will dissect the different types of Women-Owned Business Certifications at the Federal and State levels and how they help your entity.

How to Get Women-Owned Business Certified

Women owning small businesses that are willing to research and complete the lengthy certification process may do so independently. You can file for a Federal Women-Owned Business status through the SBA and a State Women-Owned Business status through WBENC and hope everything was completed correctly. 

Both Federal and State Certifications require an incredible amount of information to and it all must be flawlessly collected. However, if you submit your certification applications with errors, you may have to restart the registration process entirely under even more complicated guidelines. 

That’s where GSE can help your business flourish.

GSE has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients in receiving WOSB, EDWOSB, WBE, and MWBE Certifications.

Our mission at Government Services Exchange is to take our clients to the next level of business success by exchanging ideas, guiding and navigating them through the world of government contracting, and teaming up on long-term plans.

Our specialized consultants will work with you to steer through the complicated process of becoming a certified Women-Owned Small Business at the Federal or State level.

How Does the Certification Help My Business?

Getting your organization certified can bring your business growth, revenue, exposure, and access to contract dollars specific to Women-Owned Businesses. 

Both Federal and State certified women-owned businesses gain access to:

  • A vast network of support
  • Targeted opportunities
  • Increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains
  • Educational programs to spur growth
  • Networking with thousands of other women-owned businesses. 

Types of Women-Owned Business Certifications

Federal Certifications like the WOSB and EDWOSB offer the most lucrative opportunities for business owners. However, specific qualifications make these certifications tough to receive for some companies. 

That’s where State Certifications such as WBE and MWBE can be perfect for growing businesses. Check out the different options available to Women-Owned Businesses looking to get certified. 

  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification

    The holy grail of Federal Certifications, the WOSB Certification, will set your Women-Owned business up to receive 5% off all Government contracting dollars.

  • Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

    For Women-Owned businesses considered economically disadvantaged, the EDWOSB will set your business up to receive millions in contracts.

  • Women-Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification

    Similar to the WOSB Certification, but at the State Level, this creates easier access for women-owned businesses that are not quite ready to take on the Federal sector.

  • Minority-Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification

    A sister certification of the WBE, the MWBE Certification, gives businesses owned by minority women an upper hand.

Can Any Business Get Women-Owned Certified?

Qualifications of all Women-Owned Business Certifications are very similar; however, as mentioned before, the State level certifications are far easier to obtain. The qualifications for each are below.

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

  • Be a small business according to SBA size standards
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens
  • Have women manage day-to-day operations who also make long-term decisions
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Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

Meet all the requirements of the WOSB Federal Contracting program

  • Meet all the requirements of the WOSB Federal Contracting program
    Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with a personal net worth less than $750,000
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each with $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years
  • Be owned and controlled by one or more women, each $6 million or less in personal assets
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Women-Business Enterprise (WBE)

  • Owners are Women U.S. Citizens or legal residents
  • A for-profit business located in the United States
  • 51% owned by a woman, or a group of women who are verified owners
  • The top executive officer, responsible for daily operations, is a woman with technical expertise
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Minority Women-Business Enterprise (MWBE)

  • Owners are Women U.S. Citizens or legal residents
  • Owners are specified Minorities according to the SBA
  • A for-profit business located in the United States
  • 51% owned by a woman, or a group of women who are verified owners
  • The top executive officer, responsible for daily operations, is a woman with technical expertise
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If you think your Women-Owned Small Business qualifies to become certified in any sector, call (866) 850-1710 to get the process started.

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