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Federal law change boosts opportunities for women-owned businesses to compete for contracts

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by ConnXus on February 26, 2013

The SBA recently announced changes to its Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, providing more opportunities for women in federal contracting.

With more than $400 billion in federal contracts available, the changes could provide a big boost to women-owned contractors. The new regulations are part of the new National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.

A major revision to the program lifts caps on contract awards for for women-owned and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. Previously, awards couldn’t exceed $6.5 million for manufacturing contract and $4 million for others.

New regulations also require the SBA to study and report industries where women are underrepresented.

 As a result, more eligible women-owned businesses may be able to participate in SBA’s Women’s Federal Contract Program and compete for and win federal contracts,  the SBA says.

Women-owned small businesses must meet these criteria to be part of the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, according to the SBA.

This change comes as a, NAWBO survey found that 38 percent of women-owned businesses will invest more in hiring this year than in past years.

The State of Women-Owned Businesses survey also found women business owners were highly optimistic about their own business performance (81 percent), as well as the overall economy (74 percent) this year.

It appears this year will be a great one for women owned businesses and contractors. Find out more about the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program on the SBA website.

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One response to "Federal law change boosts opportunities for women-owned businesses to compete for contracts"

  • Cono Letizia says:

    I have found you on Linke In I am the SBLO for SCI and hae followed this WOSB Program since it was started I will share you data with the WOSB’s in my network

    Cono Letizia:, C.S.D.M , RTC,
    Certified Supplier Diversity Manager
     Office: 256-882-4149 | Cell: 423-903-7121 Fax 256-882-4581;
    SCI Technology Inc , 13000 So Memorial Highway. Huntsville, AL 35803
    Government Data Analysis Technician (GDAT)
    Small Business Liaison

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