Woman Owned Small Business – SBA Certified

For over 35 years, Word Wizards has been owned and operated by Ilana Gordon in conjunction with her husband Scott, and more recently joining the team in 2011 their son Benjamin Gordon. The company has always been a family business, but until recently, our status of Woman Owned Small Business has not been officially certified. Last August, we began the effort to certify our status and have now been approved after lots of hard work and lots of paperwork.

Woman Owned – Since The Beginning

The company began out of the home in the late 80s. Ilana had an early home computer with desktop publishing, typing, and graphic design programs. In the early 90s Ilana teamed up with Scott to offer additional services supporting graphic art, website design, and media production services. In 1995 Scott pioneered a way to add SMPTE time code to transcripts and our transcription services took off. In the early 2000s, Ilana explored the new world of section 508 compliance services for digital publications, web content, and video. Our current mix of services represents a history of supporting the digital content industry with cutting edge technology and expertise.

The WOSB Certification

Our company serves many clients in the Federal Government and the businesses that support government activities. Even though our company has always been woman owned, in 2018 we decided it was time to finally certify this status. We worked with Federal Award Management Registration aka FAMR to submit our request for certification and being compiling all of the required information to verify our status. It was a long process, and with the added hurdle of a government shutdown, it seemed to take forever. Today we received noticed that our final application has been approved and our certification process is complete.


As a GSA contract holder, we are able to market ourselves directly to federal agencies and bid on contracts to support their needs. As a WOSB, we are now able to differentiate ourselves further from the completion, and also access contracts that are set aside for certain classes of business. We are also able to register in the SBA database, granting us access to a host of new contacts and opportunities.

If you are looking for an established and trusted WOSB to team with, reach out to us today via our contact form. We are DC’s partner for 508 compliance and media support services, and now, we are a certified, woman-owned small business as well. 

Building Government Contractor Relationships

A special thanks goes out to Tanya Spann Roche,  for giving us this great info.  Tanya is a producer, writer and editor making her a triple threat. Her website is www.thinkspeakact.com

So you want to do some video or production work with the US government. Building a work relationship with them can lead to some lucrative jobs so why not. However, before you get started there are a few basic things you will need.

-A TIN, Tax Identification Number, or EIN, Employer Identification Number, can be obtained for your company at http://www.irs.gov/business/index.html under Employer ID Numbers in the left-hand column – you can also use your Social Security Number if you are a sole proprietor.

-A DUNS#, Data Universal Numbering System, Dunn & Bradstreet www.dnb.com  – -a DUNS# is free, but they will try to sell you their other services. Go to the section D-U-N-S Numbers at the top right.

New In 2012! Registration in the SAM (System for Award Management) database www.sam.gov Replaces the previous CCR database – even if you were in the CCR

*Click on create user account (your CCR login info will not work) – select individual account, enter personal info to create account.

*You can then register a new entity and add your company information (or migrate it from the CCR)

*You’ll need to enter the same kind of information entered into the CCR database previously, but there is an additional section called “Representatives and Certifications” that includes questions about specific FAR sections – this is somewhat painful to complete, but there is a fallback answer “Vendor will provide information for specific offers” that can cover you if you don’t understand the specifics of the question.

*When registering, take the time to also complete the additional info for the SBA, which allows buyers to find your company in their small business searches.

*Need to be able to accept EFT payment (electronic funds transfer) to your bank account.

-Optional but very important: Method to accept credit cards (mainly MasterCard and Visa) with a Merchant Services Account (Papal does Not count)

Effective September 8, 2009, federal contractors awarded new contracts of $100,000 or more with a performance period of longer than 120 days are required to use E-Verify to verify their employees’ eligibility to legally work in the U.S. http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

Contracting Opportunity Resources

Word Wizards Now On GSA


After 2 years of applications, tests, reviews, and countless hours, Word Wizards Inc. is proud to announce our acceptance to the highly revered GSA (U.S. General Services Administration) schedule network. Getting approved for the GSA is no small task, and we are extremely grateful to the kind people at GSA that assisted us during the process. Now that we have been awarded GSA status, we are poised and ready to reach out to potential new clients and continue to grow our business. Visit our GSA page for details about our schedule, SIN #s, and anything else related to GSA projects.