The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced some good news for women-owned small businesses.  Beginning February 4, 2011, women-owned small businesses and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses can begin applying to a new federal program designed to provide women-owned businesses with greater access to federal contracting opportunities.  Under the new program, specific government contracts will be set aside for certified women-owned businesses.  Instructions on how to participate in the new program will be released on February 4 on the SBA website at www.sba.gov/wosb.  Further information about the program and how to become a certified woman-owned business can also be found on the SBA website.