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Q: Doing business with the U.S. military as a female owned business ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Doing business with the U.S. military as a female owned business
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: tomw92-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 08 Apr 2005 14:01 PDT
Expires: 08 May 2005 14:01 PDT
Question ID: 506913
Woman or female owned business' recieve preferential treatment when
bidding on U.S. Military contracts.  I am looking for a government web
site that clearly spells out exactly what is required to be a women or
female owned business.
How much of the company must a woman own?, must she work at the
business full time etc.
Subject: Re: Doing business with the U.S. military as a female owned business
Answered By: thx1138-ga on 08 Apr 2005 14:56 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello tomw92 and thank you for your question.

"Q. How does the Federal Government define a "women-owned small business"? 

A. The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Defines a "Women-owned
small business concern" in Part 19.001 Definitions, as follows:
"Women-owned small business concern means a small business concern-(a)
which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women; or, in the
case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock
of which is owned by one or more women; and (b) Whose management and
daily business operations are controlled by one or more women."

Also see:

Office of Federal Contract Assistance for Women Business Owners (CAWBO)"

Specifically regarding military contracts, see:

"Defense Threat Reduction Agency"

"10. What is the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement Program? 

The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (P.L.103-355) (FASA)
established the government wide goal for participation by small
business concerns owned and controlled by women at not less than 5% of
the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for each
fiscal year.

The WOSB Procurement Program has a required goal set by law, but there
are no set-aside procurement programs or incentives for awarding a
contract to a woman-owned small business. Therefore, at the U.S. Small
Business Administration (SBA), we are determined to work with other
federal departments and agencies to establish aggressive goals and to
develop meaningful initiatives in cooperation with other SBA program
areas to ensure that the goal for WOSB is achieved.

SBA is actively working to foster women?s share of the Federal
marketplace. At SBA we are implementing initiatives that will help
increase women?s share of the Federal procurement dollars, and we are
actively searching for new and innovative methods. Following are the
current WOSB Procurement Initiatives underway at SBA to help
women-owned small businesses do business with the federal government
and meet the government wide goal established by FASA."

Also see:




Also, you can see current DOD contracts here:

Thank you for your question, and if you need any clarification of my
answer, do not hesitate to ask before rating my answer.

Very best regards.


Search strategy included:
contracts women
tomw92-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Doing business with the U.S. military as a female owned business
From: govcontractadvisor-ga on 25 Apr 2005 13:04 PDT holds up-to-date US government contract information
from hundreds of government bodies including the military.

From the searches I have made in the fedopps database it would seem
that only a tiny fraction of contracts worth over $25,000 are
specifically set-aside for 'Partial Women-owned Business' or 'Total
Women-owned Business'. The vast majority of federal contracts are not
set-aside for any particular type of supplier other than 'Total Small
Business'. You may still find that you receive preferential treatment
when competing for contracts that are not specifically set-aside for
female companies so don't let that put you off. Furthermore, if you
position yourself to respond quickly to those contracts that ARE
set-aside for your type of business you may stand a very good chance
of landing a contract or two.

The Fedopps site allows you to register for a free trial to search
their databases and receive email alerts whenever opportunities
related to your business are posted. If you want more information, you
can visit the website or perhaps email the guys that run the site -
they are very helpful.

Good luck!

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