July 1, 2022


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Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program: Claiming Your Business

13 min read

Learn how to claim your business to become certified for the Woman-Owned Small Business federal contracting program.

Learn more about the program: https://www.sba.gov/wosbready

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Women-Owned Small Business
Claiming Your Business

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When applying for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program through beta.certify.sba.gov, firms need to claim their business.

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Here, we will walk you through this process so you can successfully claim your business and apply for the WOSB Federal Contracting Program.

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Before you create your beta.certify.sba.gov account to begin your WOSB Federal Contracting Program application,
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make sure your firm is registered for “All Awards”— not just Loans and Grants.
Also, ensure your information is up to date in SAM.gov.

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The next step is to start creating your beta.certify.sba.gov profile.

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The majority or designated woman owner of the firm (51% ownership) must create the firm’s beta.certify.sba.gov profile.
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The majority or designated woman owner must be the main government point of contact in SAM.gov.

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Early in the profile creation process, you will claim your business by inputting 3 unique identifiers and connecting your SAM.gov and beta.certify.sba.gov profiles.
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These are your DUNS, TIN, and MPIN numbers.
If your TIN starts with a zero, please exclude the zero and any dashes.

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Once you have entered the three unique identifiers, it’s time to “claim your business.”

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Then, confirm your primary NAICS code.

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Next, confirm that you are for-profit company and use the drop-down menu to select your type of business.

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Confirm that you aren’t currently debarred in SAM.

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Upload proof of U.S. citizenship to confirm that the majority of your firm is owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens.

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Once you’ve claimed your business and answered some basic eligibility questions,
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you will be taken to your main dashboard where you can start your application.

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Remember: It is essential that you correctly answer application questions such as “What is your business structure?” and “What certification are you pursuing?”.
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These questions will influence what documents are required in your application package.

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Be sure to review SBA’s preparation checklist on the Beta Certify website for other WOSB Federal Contracting Program application needs!

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You have now successfully claimed your business and started your application!

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All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Visit SBA.gov/WOSBReady for more information about this process.

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration

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