WOSB & EDWOSB Explained

EDWOSB is a subset of WOSB. Specifically, EDWOSB is a WOSB whose owner and/or manager claims economic disadvantage. As such, in order to qualify as an EDWOSB, a business must meet all the requirements for a WOSB and demonstrate that its owners and/or managers are economically disadvantaged.

Regarding your question on the process, in order to self-certify as a WOSB, you need to provide the following documents to Certify in order to demonstrate that the business is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women:

Limited Liability Companies (LLC) 
 Birth certificates, naturalization papers, or unexpired passports for owners who are women
 Articles of organization (also referred to as certificate of organization, or articles of formation) and any amendments
 Operating agreement and any amendments
 Joint venture agreement, if applicable
 Assumed/Fictitious name certificate (doing business as or dba), if applicable

Corporations:
 Birth certificates, naturalization papers, or unexpired passports for owners who are women
 Articles of incorporation and any amendments 
 By-laws and any amendments 
 All issued stock certificates, including the front and back copies signed in accordance with the by-laws (this also applies to all cancelled stock certificates) 
 Stock ledger 
 Voting agreements, if any 
 Joint venture agreement, if applicable
 Assumed/Fictitious name certificate (doing business as or dba), if applicable
Partnerships: 
 Birth certificates, naturalization papers, or unexpired passports for the owners of the concern in the agreement designated as the WOSB 
 Partnership agreement and any amendments
 Joint venture agreement, if applicable
 Assumed/Fictitious name certificate (doing business as or dba), if applicable

Sole Proprietorships:
 Birth certificates, naturalization papers, or unexpired passports for owners who are women
 Assumed/Fictitious name certificate (doing business as or dba)

If you are trying to self-certify as an EDWOSB, you must provide all of the above documents and your three most recent personal income tax returns. Additionally, you need to supply details on your assets and liabilities at Certify.SBA.gov.

Not all NAICS codes are available for use under the WOSB Program. Separate NAICS codes are authorized for WOSB and EDWOSB contracts. Although NAICS codes have no bearing on eligibility requirements, you may want to take a look at whether any of your business' NAICS codes are authorized for use for EDWOSB procurements. If not, it may not be worthwhile to compile your tax and financial information and provide it to Certify.SBA.gov.

EDWOSB NAICS codes: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2016_edwosb_NAICS.pdf
WOSB NAICS codes: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2016_wosb_NAICS.pdf