Your business cannot receive a penny of federal funds without first being validated by D&B® and SAM.gov.
Many major corporations were once small Mom and Pop businesses, but were able to skyrocket to success by holding onto the coattails of everyone’s favorite uncle, Sam.
Registering with the federal government can have far-reaching benefits for small companies who are seeking to obtain funding, build credibility, and grow their business. Everyone has heard of the $600,000 toilet seat or the $1.5m paper clip contract. While that particular concept may seem hard to even imagine, our government does have a need for reliable federal contractors who can provide a quality product or service at an attractive, reasonable, and competitive price.
The federal government requires any company seeking to obtain federal contracts, grants, or loans to register at SAM.gov. The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS.
Entities may register at no cost directly on the website, and usually takes about 15 minutes to register and another 45 minutes to specifically identify the type of company you are and what products or services you would like to offer to the government. While the site itself is simple enough to navigate, the entering of information is repetitive, tedious, and can be rather daunting for a first time user. The benefits, however, are well worth the time and energy you invest in the process.
One of our current clients, for example, designs, manufactures, and distributes automated beverage dispensing systems. While he may spend a lot of time, money and energy marketing his product to a few thousand prospective clients, by registering his company as a federal contractor, he will open up a global marketplace for his products by servicing just one client, Uncle Sam.
When you consider the opportunity to provide their product to every chow hall, mess kitchen, NCO Club, Officers Club, and government facility across America, much less every US military installment and embassy on foreign soil, the possibilities are astronomical. And while they may just see our assistance with SAM registration as a side benefit to the credit-building his company already needed, it may just turn out to be the best decision he has ever made for his company.