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    Women-Owned Small Business Certification

    Women in the Federal Contracting Arena

    The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & the Women’s Business Border Center is a Third Party Certifier for the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

    Areas of Certification:

    •Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or •Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)

    Benefits of Certification

    •  5% Set aside woman owned business contracting goal •  Be part of the lucrative federal contracting    market  •Increase Your Business Capacity

    Allow us to help you determine and verify your eligibility: 

    • A firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women.
    • The women must be U.S. citizens.
    • The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry.
    • In order for a WOSB to be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” its owners must demonstrate economic disadvantage. (In accordance with the requirements set forth in the final rule.)

    Disclosure:  SBA will only accept third party certification from these entities, and firms are still subject to the same eligibility requirements to participate in the program.

    The processing of the application will be $225.00

    The certification is valid for two years but the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Border Center will notify you in advance of the documentation needed to recertify. 


    Getting Started

    4 Steps to participate in the WOSB program:

    1. Read the WOSB Federal Contract program regulations in the Federal Register Download Adobe Reader to read this link contentand the WOSB Compliance Guide Download Adobe Reader to read this link content.

    2. Register and represent your status in the System for Award Management (SAM) as WOSB or EDWOSB.**

    3. Log onto SBA’s General Login System (GLS). *Obtain an account now if you don’t already have one

    4. Go to the WOSB program repository (through GLS) and upload / categorize all required documents.

    Questions about the WOSB Program?

    Schedule an appointment today with your Women's Business Border Center at the Hispanic Chamber! 915.566.4066



    Additional Resources


    For a quick overview of the WOSB Program and what businesses need to do to participate, click here to view a short presentation. For detailed information about the WOSB Program, see the “WOSB Program Information” section.

    WOSB Program Information

    WOSB Program Fact Sheet
    WOSB Program Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs
    WOSB Program Applicable NAICS Codes
    Compliance Guide for the WOSB Program





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