Back to Basics: EDWOSB Eligibility

Last week, Nicole Pottroff went through the basics of eligibility for participation in the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (“WOSB”) Federal Contracting Program. Today, I’ll walk you through the additional eligibility requirements for participation in SBA’s Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (“EDWOSB”) Program as stated in 13 C.F.R. § 127.200(a). If it has you feeling a little déjà vu, there is good reason for that. Eligibility requirements for the SBA’s WOSB and EDWOSB Programs are very similar, with only a couple small, but very important, differences.

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Back to Basics: WOSB Eligibility

To level the playing field for women business owners, the Federal Government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses participating in SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (“WOSB”) Federal Contracting Program. Ideally, those contracts are for specific industries where WOSBs are historically underrepresented. And in fact, the Government even has certain WOSB contracting goals to encourage such set-asides. So, its easy to see why the WOSB Program can be a great opportunity for small businesses to get a leg up in the federal contracting world. But don’t let the name fool you, it takes more than just woman-ownership to get in–and stay in. Let’s take a closer look at SBA’s requirements for becoming certified under the WOSB Program.

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Back to Basics: The Nonmanufacturer Rule

To qualify as a small business under most set-aside or sole-source contracts seeking manufactured products or supplies, SBA’s regulations require an offeror to be the item’s manufacturer or, alternatively, comply with the nonmanufacturer rule.

In this post, we’ll discuss qualifying under the nonmanufacturer rule.

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Back to Basics: 8(a) Program Eligibility

In a recent post, we discussed the basics of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, including general information, benefits, program terms, and how to apply. This follow-up post focuses on the basics of SBA’s 8(a) eligibility requirements, discussing those in greater detail.

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Back to Basics: SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

If you’re a small business owner interested in government contracts, you’ve probably heard about the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) Program itself is complex, and its eligibility rules are some of stricter rules out there; but its potential benefits are tremendous. In this Back to Basics post, I’ll break down some of the very basics about the 8(a) Program. But don’t worry, not only will I follow this post up with another to unpack more of the complexities, I have also included links throughout this post to other posts doing the same.

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Introducing: SmallGovCon’s “Back to Basics” Series

We at SmallGovCon try to stay cognizant of the fact that there are new federal contractors every day, as well as seasoned companies venturing into the federal government contracting realm every day. As such, we are proudly introducing our new Back to Basics series of posts that will (yes, you guessed it) take you back through some of the basics of various federal government contracting programs, regulations, and procedures. If you are new to federal government contracting, new to specific programs (i.e. 8(a), WOSB, SDVOSB, etc.), a first time protester, or simply looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this series is for you! You can use the category bar on our blog website to find all posts in the Back to Basics series, but also, keep an eye out for new ones!

Back to Basics: Joint Ventures

Many of our readers are familiar with a number of the nuances of joint ventures. In fact, in the past few years, many of you have utilized this nifty little concept! That said, for those of you newer to the government contracting business (and as a refresher for those who have been in this for a while), here is a short rundown of the basics of joint ventures in government contracting.

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