SBAs WOSB and EDWOSB Certifications

Understanding and Obtaining the SBA’s WOSB and EDWOSB Certifications

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on January 29th)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructors: Haley Claxton and Matthew Moriarty, Koprince Law
NCMA Certifications: 1.5 CPEs
APTAC Certifications: 0.75 ATC
APTAC BOK: C.3 Representations and Certifications; C.17 Socio-Economic Programs

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

The SBA is in the process of changing the WOSB regulations to do away with self-certification. This presentation will explain how this change has been a long time coming, how the SBA’s certification process will work, and how this impacts third party certification and recertification.

  • First, we’ll delve into the history of the SBA’s WOSB program and the controversial “self-certification” process.
  • After discussing the backdrop for SBA’s changing WOSB certification requirements, we’ll focus on eligibility for certification under the proposed rules. We will walk through the eligibility standards for both WOSB and EDWOSB applicants and explain how these eligibility requirements are applied in practice.
  • Next, we’ll delve into the two methods for certification under the proposed regulations: certification by the SBA and certification by approved third-party certifiers. 
    • With respect to certification by the SBA, we will outline the information applicants must provide to the SBA and the SBA application review process. 
    • We’ll then explain third-party certification, providing an overview of the SBA’s third-party certifier approval process and the application approval process of each of the four current third-party certifiers. 
    • We’ll also compare the new and the old certification methods and highlight the impact of new rules on existing practices. 
    • Further, we’ll discuss the pros and cons associated with the SBA and third-party certification methods to help potential applicants make the right choice.
  • Finally, we’ll cover how businesses can maintain WOSB status under the proposed regulations. We’ll discuss mandatory recertification (which occurs every three years), as well as reasons a certification may be challenged at other times. We will also talk about decertification and its effect on a business’ ability to participate in the WOSB program following decertification.   

Target Audience: Woman-owned small businesses pursuing federal market opportunities

Meet Your Instructors:

Haley Claxton

HALEY CLAXTON is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC. Haley’s practice covers a wide array of legal issues pertinent to federal government contracts law. To this end, Haley relies on prior experience working in and with federal and state government agencies and entities to help clients move through administrative processes. Haley also uses her skills in contract drafting and legal research and writing to provide clients with thorough and thoughtful feedback and assistance. 

Before becoming a part of Koprince Law, Haley attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was an active participant on the school’s National Transactional LawMeet Team and Executive Note and Comment Editor of the Kansas Law Review. During Law School, Haley also worked in Washington D.C. as a law clerk to the Library of Congress Office of the General Counsel. 

Contact Info: Haley may be contacted by telephone at (785) 200-8919 or by email at hclaxton@koprince.com.

Matthew Moriarty

MATTHEW P. MORIARTY is a Senior Associate at Koprince Law LLC, where he exclusively practices federal government contracting law. Matt works with clients on litigation matters in various forums, including the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, among others. He also assists clients with transactional issues from various business-to-business relationships to compliance with various socioeconomic statutes and regulations. Matt is well-versed in the entire federal contracting regulatory landscape.

Matt has been a speaker at numerous federal government contracting events and has been quoted in Law360.com, the Washington Business Journal, and the Capitol Forum. Matt is also a frequent contributor to the government contracting blog SmallGovCon and is a co-author of Debriefings and Bid Protests, which is Volume 3 in a series of government contracting guides called “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbooks.”

Matt enjoys working with small businesses to help them solve their problems. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MoriartyGovCon or email him at mmoriarty@koprince.com


Jan 23 2020


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 23 2020
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm