The U.S. Small Business Administration posted a notice that identifies the eligible industries for the WOSB Program based on the results of SBA’s most recent study. Here are some key takeaways:
“The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now identifies eligible industries for the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (WOSB Program), which provides set-aside and sole-source contract opportunities to small business concerns owned and controlled by women.
The results of this most recent study designate 759 of 891 procurement NAICS codes as eligible for either WOSB or EDWOSB procurement procedures. This is over 85% of the procurement NAICS codes. Using Fiscal Year 2021 data, these NAICS codes account for 92% of the Federal government’s small-business spending.
The SBA finds a total of 759 NAICS code industries eligible for Federal contracting under the WOSB Program. This includes 113 NAICS code industries in which WOSBs are underrepresented (meaning contracting officers can make EDWOSB set-aside and sole-source awards in these industries) and 646 NAICS code industries in which WOSBs are substantially underrepresented (meaning contracting officers can make WOSB set-aside and sole-source awards in these industries). EDWOSB concerns are eligible to be considered for both WOSB and EDWOSB set-aside and sole-source awards for all 759 NAICS code industries. These new designations are effectively immediately.”