Woman Owned Businesses in Government Contracting

Women-owned businesses are defined as small business concerns in which at least 51 percent is owned by women who are United States citizens and who also control and operate the business.

  •  "Control" means exercising the power to make policy decisions.

  •  "Operate" means being actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business.

The Office of Government Contracting works to create an environment for maximum participation by woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards.

In May 1979, Executive Order 12138 directed Government agencies to take appropriate action to facilitate, preserve, and strengthen women-owned businesses and to ensure full participation by women in government contracting opportunities.

There are currently no set-aside preferences; however, agencies are required to award 5 percent of their acquisition dollars to women-owned businesses.

In 2011 The !!NEW!! SBA 8m Program for Women Owned Small Business is a top priority for the Obama Administration and SBA.



Government Contracting

Government Classification of Small Businesses

New Women Owned Small Business Preference Program Underrepresented NAICS, Codes.

8A Small Business Development Program

American Indian Businesses in Government Contracting

HUBZone - Historically Underutilized Business Zone

Small Disadvantaged Business

Veteran Owned - Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business

Overview of the Federal Contracting Procurement Process.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation ( FAR )

Basic Government Contracting Requirements

Help in Reading a Government Solicitation

Getting Started in Government Contracting

Small Business Government Help

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