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The Links & Steps For 8(m) Certification

Posted By Judy Bradt, Summit Insight, Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Wait no more. You can start right now.

If you're a woman business owner and the new federal 8(m) set-aside program has caught your attention, you're not alone. Bridget Bean, Director of SBA's Metro Washington DC District Office, just gave me these links and I'm going to share them with you.

BUT FIRST, Please remember:
  • Set-aside programs don't guarantee you a contract. Before you run out and spend even a couple of hours reading the rules and uploading documents, and (heaven forbid) cruising FedBizOpps for something to bid on -- PLEASE give some thought to whether and how government contracts are aligned with your business growth plans, and which government buyers/commands/offices might really need what you've got.
  • Take advantage of free and low-cost help. Check my web site for links to all kinds of great organizations and programs to help you get started!
THE STEPS: Three right away, one starting February 4th.
  1. You must have or get a free GLS account on SBA's web site. You can do that right now.
    Go to https://eweb.sba.gov/gls
    Click on "Instructions for GLS" to find out what to do next
    Select "Request SBA User ID" and create your account
    Log in.
  2. Read the WOSBFCAP Regulations as published in the Federal Register at
    http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/2010-25179.pdf
  3. Read the SBA WOSB Program Compliance Guide.
    Original edition, from October, is at http://bit.ly/8mSBAGuide.
    On Feb 4th, you'll find the updated one at www.sba/gov/wosb --
    Under "WOSB Program Information", click on "Compliance Guide for WOSB Program"

    THEN you'll know
    Whether you qualify, and, if so,
    what documents you'll need to have ready for the next step
    and who to ask if you're not sure and have more questions.
  4. On February 4th:
    Ready to get certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business who's eligible for this program?
    LOG ON to your GLS account, and enter the WOSB Document Repository.

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