By Karen Axelton

photo flagAre you a woman business owner seeking to get federal contracts? Breaking into the federal procurement market can be lucrative, but carries its own special set of rules. The Federal Government recently announced its new 8(m) program to help women-owned businesses gain access to federal contracting opportunities. Are you ready to take advantage?

One way to learn the ropes is to start with Be the First to Win Women-Owned Business Set-Aside Contracts, a seminar offered by FedMarket. If you’re in the Bethesda, Maryland, area you can take an in-person course; if not, take it online. The seminar is held May 25 from 9 a.m. to noon EST.

Topics covered include:

Summary of proposed Small Business Administration (SBA) rules

* Ownership & outside control requirements
* Economically disadvantaged certification requirements for Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs).

New Program Information; the latest on program status from SBA

* Option year treatment of set-aside dollar limits
* Final regulations timeline
* Self certification document repository time line
* ORCA certification web site update timeline

Certification Procedures

* Approved certification agencies
* Requirements for WOSBs currently certified as 8(a)
* Recommended corporate document file formatting procedures for self certifying WOSBs
* Critical aspects of certification for WOSBs, including “Document Lists” meeting anticipated verification criteria
* Requirements to prove economic disadvantage, including “Document Lists” meeting anticipated verification criteria

You can register for the seminar at the FedMarket site or call (301) 652-9504.