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EDWOSB / 8(e) Certification  

August 27, 2011

EDWOSB / 8(e) Certification

The SBA released their Final Rule on the WOSB program to include a new certification called EDWOSB (ED = Economically Disadvantaged) effective February 2011.  This new program enhances the previous WOSB program which was very limited in supporting women business owners.  Important to the program's success is a change made in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which restored "parity" among all the SBA small business contracting programs.  .


  • Women owned small businesses can win Set-Aside federal government contracts
  • Set-Aside are available for projects with value of less than $3 million & $5 million for manufacturing
  • 5% of all federal spending is set-aside for WOSB/edWOSB
  • 5% subcontracting requirement to WOSB from large prime contractors
  • Equal playing field with other programs such as HUBZone, SDVOSB & 8a
  • New Mentor Protégé program for WOSB
  • Creates processes and guidelines for contracting officers to award set-aside contracts to WOSB’s
  • No term limit in the program
  • 83 Industries: Qualification by NAICS codes
  • Rule of 2 for WOSB on 45 industries
  • No Rule of 2 for edWOSB on 38 industries

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