The Department of Homeland Security is committed to providing assistance to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) to learn about doing business with the Department. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization provides information to WOSBs on obtaining prime contracts and subcontracts. The WOSB community is breaking new ground in various areas and is an integral part in the Department’s continuous effort in supporting our team with effective and innovative products and services while they are serving to protect our homeland.
What are Women-Owned Small Businesses?
Women owned businesses are small business concerns at least 51% owned by women who are United States citizens and who also control and operate the business. "Control" means exercising the power to make policy decisions. "Operate" means being actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business.
Currently, there is a law in place, PL1005-664, that provides for a Women-Owned set-aside. Agencies have a goal to award 5% of their acquisition dollars to women-owned small businesses. While this program is one of special emphasis, regulations are now in place and DHS is working with the eight components making up the Department of Homeland Security to identify women-owned business set-asides.
Key Resources for Working with the Department
- Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities
- Getting Started Contracting with the Department of Homeland Security
- Marketing Tips and How to Market Your Company
- Mentor-Protégé Program
- Forecast of Contract Opportunities
- Small Business Conferences