According to American Express OPEN, “For the first time in history, the U.S. government has awarded 5 percent of federal government contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses—a big achievement for both the government and the approximately 9.4 million women-owned small businesses across the country.” On Thursday, March 17, I have the honor of presenting “The Impact of New Contracting Rules for WOSBs” at the 5th Annual Small Business Forum in Nashville, Tennessee. The session will address the unique issues related to WOSB size and status protests, as well as how to defend (or challenge) an award at the GAO.