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A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) is a small business owned by a veteran with a service-related disability as defined by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.

In December of 2003, the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 was passed by Congress. Section 308 of the Act established a procurement program for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSBC). This procurement program provides that federal contracting officers may restrict competition to SDVOSBC’s and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain standards are met.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a provisional final rule, establishing a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program. This program establishes the principles to be used in federal contracting to determine business ownership and control requirements, guidelines for establishing sole source and set-aside procurement opportunities, service-disabled veteran status, and protest and appeal procedures for SDVOSBC procurements.

The purpose of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Procurement Program is to provide procuring agencies with the authority to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, as well as the authority to make sole source awards to service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns if certain conditions are met.

A Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) is a small business that is at least 51% owned by a woman or women as defined by FAR 19.001, including economically disadvantaged women owned small businesses (EDWOSB). This service is designed for any woman-owned small business who needs an expert to prepare all aspects of their SBA 8(m) WOSB or EDWOSB Application.

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 WOSB’s. 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.

The SBA's WOSB Federal Contract Program will provide better access to federal contracting opportunities for WOSB’s and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB’s). The Program allows contracting officers to set aside specific contracts for certified WOSB’s and EDWOSB’s and will help federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of 5% of federal contracting dollars being awarded to WOSB’s.

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