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Are You a Woman-Owned Business?

A woman-owned business is defined as a business that is owned and controlled 51% or more by a woman or women. Currently, a woman-owned certification process is not required for federal contracts. When submitting a proposal, simply self-certify by checking the appropriate box.

If you may be interested in teaming or subcontracting opportunities, some prime contractors do require third-party certification.  There are two private national women's business organizations that certify qualified women-owned businesses.  One of these is the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  See http://www.wbenc.org or call 202-872-5515. The second is the National Women's Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC).  See http://www.nwboc.org, or call the NWBOC at 561-881-7364.  Each organization has an extensive list of large corporations that accept its certification.  They each charge a yearly fee for certification.

See Also: Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Certification

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