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Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women-Owned Business Program requires best faith effort to increase procurements from women-owned firms by apprising them of opportunities to bid on solicitations. A federal government-wide 5% contracting goal is established for small women-owned businesses.

Executive Order 12138 directs all federal agencies to take action to facilitate and strengthen women-owned business enterprises and to ensure full participation by women in the free enterprise system. Although no set-aside authority exists, OSDBU makes a special effort to advise women business owners of contracting opportunities and to encourage their participation in USDA procurements. The Federal Acquisition Regulation also requires agencies to actively encourage their prime contractors to use women-owned small businesses as subcontractors. Contracts valued as $100,000 or more include a clause to achieve this objective.

WOSB Program Information

WOSB Program Guidelines for Contracting Officers (Coming Soon)


The Department of Agriculture is committed to expanding opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB), which are growing exponentially in number, industry categories, and earning power. USDA encourages procurement and program offices to consider women-owned small businesses for all procurement opportunities. We continuously work to raise the visibility of women-owned businesses in day-to-day procurement activities and monitor agencies for achievement of their women-owned business goals.

The USDA OSDBU Women's Business Advocate can be reached at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 1081 South Building, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 720-9839, Fax: (202) 720-3001. She serves as a liaison to the women-owned business community.

Public Law 106-554, Section 811 (m)

SBA Recognizes USDA Women-Owned Small Business Program for Best Practices


Data Collection on Women-Owned Businesses

There are several organizations and government agencies collecting research and information on women business owners in addition to the facts and statistics you will find on this website.

For a list of other informative sources, visit the Additional Resources section of our website.


Other Related Links

More information about WOB programs can be found on the SBA Website - Office of Women's Business Ownership Entrepreneurial Development.