Woman and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned


  • Woman Owned: The Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) set-aside is available if 50% of the company is owned by one or more women
  • Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned: To qualify for the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside the business owners must have also economic disadvantage:
    • Each woman has a personal net worth less than $750,000
    • Each woman made $350,000 or less in adjusted gross income averaged over the previous three years
    • Each woman has $6 million or less in personal assets
  • Limits on which contracts can be WOSB/EDWOSB set-asides: An unusual feature of the WOSB/EDWOSB set-aside is that only contract for work where woman have been historically underrepresented can be set-aside. For a list of which NAICS codes qualify for WOSB/EDWOSB see the spreadsheet in the Class Materials.

WOSB and EDWOSB core data

  • WOSB spending target: Government agencies have a 5% spending target with ED/WOSBs so:
    • 5% of prime award spending should go to WOSB
    • 5% of subcontract spending should go to WOSB
  • Sole Source Limit: WOSB can receive sole-source contracts up to:
    • $7M for manufacturing contracts
    • $4.5M for other contracts
  • Estimated number of WOSB & EDWOSB:
    • WOSB: 14,000 companies
    • EDWOSB: 5,000 companies

ED/WOSB spending v. Target (%)

ED/WOSB spending by agency ($M)

ED/WOSB spending by products ($M)

ED/WOSB spending by services ($M)

For the full data analysis download the excel spreadsheet in the class materials section