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Clear as Mud: Women Owned Business Certifications

by Tiffany Scroggs

Women owned businesses in the government marketplace are facing increasing challenges as they attempt to stay current on their certifications.  It has always been a bit of acronym soup (DBE, WBE, WOSB, EDWOSB), but now there is considerable confusion at both the federal and state levels. For federal certification, congress has legislatively eliminated the ability for self-certification although the online repository where firms can upload documents is still active.  Meanwhile, Washington State Department of Transportation has asked for a waiver to remove Caucasian women-owned firms from WSDOT’s DBE goals.  If approved, the value of DBE certification would greatly diminish for these women owned businesses.

To help clear away the confusion, Washington PTAC has partnered with the SBA, the Seattle Women’s Business Center, and Washington Center for Women in Business on the Women in Government Contracting event coming up September 10th at Green River College in Kent.  Attendees will receive quality training, listen to inspirational speakers, and network with other women owned businesses.  Businesses will spend a lot of time exploring how to find, bid, and win government contracts at the event.  In preparation for these conversations, it is important to explore an important question: Do I take the time to certify?  Let’s explore this now.  Read more

There are eight locations across Washington State assisting small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings, and other areas relating to selling to the government.

Nationally, there are over 90 PTACs with over 400 counselors. This nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals works to ensure businesses can find, bid and win state, federal and local government contracts. To identify PTACs in other states, please visit: www.aptac-us.org