As we discussed in the last section of this four-part article series, women-owned small businesses (WOSB) are only awarded approximately five percent of all government contracts awarded to businesses. In this section, our Houston construction lawyers will discuss the role of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and a recently amended law that could provide more opportunities for WOSBs to procure government contracts. If you are interested in seeking government contracts for your construction business, speak with a Houston construction lawyer today.
Amendment to the Small Business Act
The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act provided an amendment to the Small Business Act. This legislation looks to expand opportunities for WOSBs by restricting competition for federal contracts eligible under SBA certification. This act provides WOSBs with a chance to be awarded contracts in industries that are significantly underrepresented by their gender including the construction industry. This legislation also requires that contracting agencies submit annual reports that show the number of contracts being awarded to small businesses.
Industries That Classify as Underrepresented
For women-owned businesses to determine if they classify for federal contracting opportunities, they should visit SBA’s website that lists hundreds of types of businesses that are eligible under this program. Although these businesses span from construction to manufacturing to creative enterprises to a wide range of small business services, here are some qualified businesses that strictly provide construction services:
- Highway, street, and bridge construction
- Concrete production
- Civil engineering construction
- Framing, masonry, glass and glazing, roofing, and siding contractors
- Plumbing and HVAC companies
- Drywall and insulation, flooring, tiling, and carpentry services
- Building equipment companies
- Oil and gas pipeline installation and repair
- Water and sewer line installation and repair
- Industrial building
- New housing contractors
- Water and irrigation system installation and repair
- Electrical and other wiring installation and repair
With hundreds of contracting and construction services available through this program, contact one of our Houston construction lawyers to learn more about procuring lucrative government contracts for construction projects.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.