WOSB & EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program

On Februray 4, 2011 the SBA released the long awaited Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)/Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Federal Contracting Program.

The WOSB/EDWOSB Program is a set-aside federal contracting program that allows WOSB's and EDWOSB's to compete on a level playing field for Federal Contracting Opportunities.  By mandate, the Federal government must award 5% of its prime and subcontract dollars to women-owned small businesses.  In these set-aside categories WOSB's/EDWOSB's would be competing for contracting opportunites (bidding) amongst other WOSB's/EDWOSB's only.  Anyone not certified in these two categories would not have the opprotunity to bid on these Federal Contracts.  

In these two categories you would be able to bid on contracts up to $5 Million in the case of manufacturing contracts and $3 Million in the case of service (all other) contracts.

There is no term limit on program participation as long as you are eligible for the program and have met all of the requirements for certification.

The first contracts for these two set-asides are supposed to be released in the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2011 (Jul 2011 - Sept 2011).

As this is a new program, now is the time to get in on the ground floor so that you will be preapred when the first contracts are released.

WOSB Federal Contract Program Compliance Guide

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Federal 8(a) Certification

On March 14, 2011 new 8(a) Business Development Regulations became effective.  The revisions are the first major overhaul of the 8(a) program in more than 10 years.

The 8(a) Certification Program is a set-aside federal contracting program that allows socially and economically disadvantaged business to compete on a more level playing field with larger companies.
Some of the most noticable changes in the 8(a) Business Development Regulations are as follows:

Adjusted Net Worh limits raised from $200,000 to $250,000
(excluding equity in primary residence and equity in business);

Personal Income limits raised from $200,000 to $250,000;

Total Assets must not exceed $4 Million
(including equity in primary residence and equity in business);

IRA Accounts are now excluded from Net Worth and Total Assets determination.

8(a) BD Program Compliance Guide

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Federal HUBZone Certification

The HUBZone certification program provides federal contracting opportunities for small businesses located in HUBZone's and promotes economic development and employment growth in distressed areas.

Are you a small business?
Determining Business Size

Is your business owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens?

Is your principal office located in a HUBZone?
HUBZone Map 

Do at least 35% of your employees reside in a HUBZone?
They need not reside in the same HUBZone your office is located in.

Changes to the HUBZone Regulations on May 3, 2010 now allow small businesses to use full-time, part-time, temporary, and leased employees to qualify them as long as these individuals work a minimum of 40 hours per month.
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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

On Februray 28, 2011 the DOT released its final ruling and adjusted the Personal Net Worth (PNW) of the DBE Program from $750,000 to $1.32 Million making it the first adjustment since 1989.  The final ruling will also hold states and local agencies more accountable for including disadvantaged businesses in their transportation plans.

Other provisions in this rulemaking will also add provisions to ensure that prime contractors fulfill commitments to use DBE subcontractors.  State and local agencies will be required to monitor each contract to make sure prime contractors are fulfilling their obligations and do not dismiss DBE subcontractors without good cause.

Another major change under the rulemaking will reduce burdens on small businesses seeking DBE certification in more than one state.  As a result, all states will be required to accept DBE certifications obtained in other states, unless the state finds good cause not to accept it.  The rule establishes a process for resolving issues with respect to eligibility raised by states concerning out-of-state firms.

The DOT DBE Certification Program is aimed at helping economically and socially disadvantaged businesses take advantage of opportunities to participate in federally funded highway, transit and airport projects.  The Department has established a race neutral goal of 8.18% for the untilization of DBE's on all contracts.

FDOT Specialty Code Sheet

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Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE)

MWBE certification is Florida's premier stamp of approval for minority, women and service-disabled veterans business enterprises.  It is widely accepted across the State of Florida in the private sector as well as cities, conties, school districts, hospitals, water management districts and other quasi governmental entities.

Minimum eligibility requirements for certification include:

·         Must be independently owned and operated;

·         51% owned, managed and controlled by: African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native-American, American Woman or Service-Disabled Veteran (minimum 10% disability);

·         Must be a U.S. Citizen;

·         Must be engaged in commercial transactions;

·         Must operate a business in Florida.

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Miami-Dade*, Broward* and Palm Beach County* all have vendor registrations and certifications set up to increase the participation of small businesses in County contracts.  These business oppotunities aid these firms in their growth and contribution to South Florida's economic growth.

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* Other County vendor registrations
and certifications available upon request

County School Board Vendor Registrations
and MWBE Certifications

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County* School Boards all have vendor registrations and MWBE certifications which have been implemented to ensure fair and equitable opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, as they pursue School Board contracts.

Most School Boards also have "Contractor Pre-Qualification" Applications.

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* Other County School Board vendor registrations
and certifications available upon request

Other Miscellaneous Vendor Registrations
and Certifications

Did you know that Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County* have more than 45 different Municipality Vendor Registrations between them.

* Other County Municipalities vendor registrations
available upon request

Did you know that there are more than 25 Universities and Community Colleges in the State of Florida who offer Vendor Registrations and/or MWBE Certifications.

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SFWMD Vendor Application and SBE Certification

Of the five regional water management districts in the State of Florida, the South Florida Water Management District* is the largest.  They protect the water resources in 16 counties extending from Orlando in central Florida all the way to the keys.  Their service area includes eight field stations, 61 pump stations, and nine service centers.

The District purchases all types of goods and services from vendors throughout the state and nationwide.  These goods and services include janitorial services, property leasing, automotive parts, fencing, architect-engineering design services, and everything else in between.

* Other Water Management Districts vendor registrations
available upon request

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