SBA 8(m) Women-Owned Small Business Program

Eligible Industries for WOSB Program


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Nearly a decade in the making, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) also referred to as 8(m) will allow federal agencies to set aside contracts specifically for WOSBs. The final rule, "The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Assistance Procedures”, was published in the Federal Register on October 7th and established some provisions for the program:

To qualify as a WOSB a concern must:be considered a small business as defined by the business’ applicable NAICS code, and at least 51% directly owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. Businesses may obtain WOSB certification from a third-party certifier approved by SBA. Businesses may also self-certify as a WOSB, but are then required to submit additional documentation to the WOSB Program Repository.

To qualify as a WOSB set-aside contract:the product/service to be procured must fall under one of the 83 eligible NAICS codes, and the anticipated award price of the contract must not exceed $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts or $4 million for all other contracts.

How to Participate in the WOSB Program

The steps below have been pulled from SBA''s website. For more details on the women-owned small business program, please refer to SBA''s website here.

83 Industries Eligible for WOSB Set-Aside Contract Program

A listing of the 83 industries eligible for WOSB set-aside contracts are listed below by the first four digits of their corresponding NAICS Codes.
 
NAICS Code

NAICS Description

2213

Water, Sewage and Other systems

2372

Land Subdivision

2361

Residential Building Construction

3152

Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing

2371

Utility System Construction

3231

Printing and Related Support Activities

2381

Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors

3259

Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing

2382

Building Equipment Contractors

3328

Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities

2383

Building Finishing Contractors

3329

Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

2389

Other Specialty Trade Contractors

3371

Household & Institutional Furniture & Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing

3149

Other Textile Product Mills

3372

Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing

3159

Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing

3391

Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing

3219

Other Wood Product Manufacturing

4841

General Freight Trucking

3222

Converted Paper Product Manufacturing

4889

Other Support Activities for Transportation

3321

Forging and Stamping

4931

Warehousing and Storage

3323

Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing

5111

Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers

3324

Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing

5112

Software Publishers

3333

Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing

5171

Wired Telecommunications Carriers

3342

Communications Equipment Manufacturing

5172

Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)

3345

Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, & Control Instruments Manufacturing

5179

Other Telecommunications

3346

Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media

5182

Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services

3353

Electrical Equipment Manufacturing

5191

Other Information Services

3359

Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing

5312

Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers

3369

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

5324

Commercial & Industrial Machinery & Equipment Rental & Leasing

4842

Specialized Freight Trucking

5411

Legal Services

4881

Support Activities for Air Transportation

5412

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, & Payroll Services

4884

Support Activities for Road Transportation

5417

Scientific Research and Development Services

4885

Freight Transportation Arrangement

5418

Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

5121

Motion Picture and Video Industries

5615

Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services

5311

Lessors of Real Estate

5619

Other Support Services

5413

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

5621

Waste Collection

5414

Specialized Design Services

5622

Waste Treatment and Disposal

5415

Computer Systems Design and Related Services

6114

Business Schools and Computer and Management Training

5416

Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

6115

Technical and Trade Schools

5419

Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

6117

Educational Support Services

5611

Office Administrative Services

6242

Community Food and Housing, and Emergency & Other Relief Services

5612

Facilities Support Services

6243

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

5614

Business Support Services

7211

Traveler Accommodation

5616

Investigation and Security Services

8112

Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance

5617

Services to Buildings and Dwellings

8129

Other Personal Services

6116

Other Schools and Instruction

8139

Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations

6214

Outpatient Care Centers

6219

Other Ambulatory Health Care Services

7115

Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

7223

Special Food Services

8111

Automotive Repair and Maintenance

8113

Commercial & Industrial Machinery & Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair & Maintenance

8114

Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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