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Explanation and links regarding the SBA's WOSB and EDWOSB set-aside contracting program for women business owners. NWBOC is an SBA-approved provider of both WOSB and EDWOSB certifications. 

List of 330 6-digit NAICS code numbers that are part of the SBA's WOSB / EDWOSB contracting program. This is a pdf document.

Get a D-U-N-S Number:  Before you can bid on government proposals, you need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, Number, a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants. Why you need a DUNS number.

The Office of Women's Business Ownership's mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women's Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the U.S.

Know your NAICS Codes:  The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

Small Business Size Standards. Learn about the definition of – and qualifications for – a small business and why it's important to know your status. Size standards represent the largest size that a business (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) may be to remain classified as a small business concern.

The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship:  Informs and connects thought leaders looking to understand policies that help entrepreneurs start companies, create jobs and strengthen the economy

Kauffman Founders School: Nurturing the Next Big Thing. The Founders School is an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.

Be the Entrepreneur You Want to Be!
Whether you're starting or growing a company, these FastTrac ® programs will help you live your dream at each stage of business.

Compilation of resources from the Kauffman Foundation:  excellent resource for all things entrepreneurial. Consists of 11 ‘channels' that range from start-up to thought leadership to online training.


NWBOC's Standards and Procedures
This is our written governing policies of the woman-owned certification program. (WBE, WOSB, EDWOSB)

NWBOC's Standards and Procedures for veteran owner certification. (VBE)

NWBOC's Standards and Procedures for owner who is both a woman and a veteran. (VWBE)

Why the World Needs Women Entrepreneurs by the Economist, Nov. 2013

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses So Small? Women own 30 percent of privately owned businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales, according to federal statistics. National Journal 2014

2013 Women-Owned Business Report by American Express OPEN, and
Commentary by Forbes

Susan Solovic is THE small business expert. She's an award-winning, serial entrepreneur, media personality (Former ABC News Small Business Contributor) and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today bestselling author. Her books have been translated into multiple languages. Susan has been a long-time supporter of NWBOC and has been our emcee and keynote at the Decades of Excellence events.  Her website is worth a visit!

Female Business Owners – How Banks Can and Should Help. Attracting more women into business could be a significant step to economic growth, and banks should be taking the lead
The Guardian, 2013

NWBOC Appearance by Janet Harris Lange on MSNBC

Interview with Phyllis Hill Slater, Founding Chairperson of the Board