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Woman-Owned Small Business Certification

Interested in Certification?


On behalf of WBENC, WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV provides Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification as part of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s WOSB Federal Contracting Program. Being a certified WOSB allows WBEs to gain greater access to government contracting opportunities at the federal level – directly with federal agencies, or indirectly with federally funded corporations.

WOSB Certification Criteria

  • Must be applying for WBENC certification or recertification.
  • Qualification as a “small” business, based on industry classification with the federal government (certain federal business codes are not eligible).
  • Please note that WOSB certification applications will be reviewed only if WBENC certification or recertification is granted.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

As with WBENC certification, the application for WOSB certification is online at WBENCLink. If interested in WOSB certification, the applicant must select “Yes” when answering the first question of the online application in Section 1:  General Information, “Would you like to apply for WOSB certification?” Please note WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV/WBENC does not process EDWOSB applications, and a WBE must self-certify through the SBA.

WBENC RPO Government Business Online Resource Guide

Annotated links to resources for each stage of involvement in federal business.

“This is an historic moment as WBENC advances its mission of leveling the playing field for Women’s Business Enterprises not only in the private sector, but now in the public sector. We are pleased that the United States SBA, like our current corporate partners, recognizes the value and credibility of third-party certification. Through the approval of third-party certification, the United States SBA has taken an important step in enabling women’s businesses to effectively compete and win contracts with the government. We believe that this will lead to women’s business growth and a positive impact on our economy.”

Pamela Prince-Eason

President and CEO, WBENC