This new website will eventually house all program certifications, but is beginning with the WOSB program. Additional programs will be incorporated onto the site on the following projected timeline: 8(a) Business Development Program (Fall 2016); HUBZone Program (Spring 2017); and Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) (Spring 2017).
Since this phase is in development process, all WOSB Federal Contract Program applicants should follow the new process to ensure that their documents are in the new repository. If you’re already a WOSB-Certified business, the SBA is working to provide a new streamlined approach to monitoring your company’s certifications. With the change, there are two things you need to be aware of:
- Create a new login for the new system.
The new website is an entirely new system and all WOSBs will need to create a new account and login. You do not need to reload all documents, but after creating your new account, all WOSB/EDWOSB companies will need to submit a new Form 2413 (WOSB certification) and/or Form 2414 (EDWOSB certification) electronically. This is critical and businesses should do this as soon as possible.
- Be patient as the repository is migrated and upgraded.
The repository has been closed since late March as the database of documents is migrated to the new system. This is important for two reasons:
- Your documents previously submitted should move to your new account and not require resubmission (except the forms mentioned above).
- Contracting officers will not be able to view your repository documents for WOSB awards. This only impacts WOSB/EDWOSBs who are in the process of winning the EDWOSB or WOSB set-aside or sole source awards.
If you are currently working with a Contract Officer (CO) on a pending award requiring them to review your status, the following is information has been provided directly from the SBA, which you may share with contract officers:
The system may be down for several weeks; and during this time, in order to comply with the WOSB Program requirements at 13 CFR 127.301 and FAR 19.1505(e) (specifying that a CO shall verify that an apparent successful offer or has provided all the required documents set forth in 127.300(e) to the WOSB Repository), SBA will review the Repository on behalf of a CO.
WBENC encourages all WOSB-Certified businesses to obtain your new account in the new system so you do not miss available opportunities.