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SBA 8(m) Women-Owned Small Business Program

Eligible Industries for WOSB Program

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.

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.

  • Read the WOSB Federal Contract program regulations in the Federal Register and the WOSB Compliance Guide.
  • Register in System for Award Management (SAM) as WOSB or EDWOSB.*
  • Log onto SBA’s General Login System (GLS). *Obtain an account now if you don’t already have one
  • Go to the WOSB program repository (through GLS) and upload / categorize all required documents.
  • 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