Starting Friday, February 4, women entrepreneurs can start taking steps to participate in a new small business contracting program promoted by the federal government’s Small Business Administration.
The Obama administration announced the initiative to enhance their engagement with women small business owners. The program will create new economic opportunities for women-owned small businesses to compete for government contracts.
This is great news for the many work-at-home moms (like me) who run their own businesses. Especially since the economy tanked, it seems like nearly every mom I know runs her own small business. Whether we’re making soap or designing websites, more and more women are figuring out how to turn their talents into cash.
If you have a business that might benefit from government contract work, this program could be your golden ticket.
Does your business qualify? Application instructions will be rolled out on Friday, but here are the basics:
To qualify as a WOSB, a firm must be at least fifty-one percent owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens and the firm must be considered small according to SBA size standards. To be deemed “economically disadvantaged”, a firm’s owners must meet specific financial requirements set forth in the program regulations.
The first contracts in the new program will be awarded next fall. In the ramp up phase that starts this week, you can learn about the program and begin applying for contracts. For more information, check out the program Women-Owned Small Business program website.