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New SBA Final Rule on Eliminating WOSB Self-Certification Workshop

New SBA Final Rule on Eliminating WOSB Self-Certification Workshop

On May 11, 2020, the long-awaited SBA Final Rule was published, which is a big win for women-owned small businesses nationwide. The SBA has amended its regulations to implement the statutory requirement that Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) concerns and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) concerns be formally certified in order to participate in the federal government contracting program. Self-certification is now eliminated. As of July 15, the effective date of this rule, WOSBs and EDWOSBs that are not certified will not be eligible for new contracts under the program.


Michelle Kantor, Esq, chair of the Government Contracting Group of McDonald Hopkins LLC, will present this workshop on the WOSB program, explaining the new rule and how it will be applied to women-owned businesses wishing to pursue federal government contracts. She will also discuss the various ways to obtain WOSB and EDWOSB certification through the SBA or third-party certifiers, the process, and how federal contracting officers actually set aside contracts for certified women-owned businesses.

Karen Goldner, Managing Director of Established Business Services of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), an SBA approved third-party certifier, will explain the process of obtaining WOSB certifications by applying with the WBDC.


  • Final Rule for WOSB/EDWOSB Certification highlights.
  • Value of becoming WOSB and EDWOSB certified.
  • Difference between NAICS Codes for WOSB/EDWOSB designations.
  • Eligibility criteria for WOSB and EDWOSB.
  • Applying for WOSB Certification with the WBDC.
  • Obtaining WOSB Certification with the SBA.
  • Restricted competition and sole-source contract awards to WOSB.
  • Certification mandates effective July 15 and procedures contracting officers will be utilizing.
  • Compliance with the WOSB program and risk of non-compliance.
  • How to protest a WOSB set-aside or protest another WOSB eligibility.