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.