Small Business Overview for Vendors

Small Business Overview For Vendors

New to working with the government? New to working with DLA? Just looking for a place to get started?

Learn the basics with the Small Business Overview for Vendors.

The overview details what DLA is, what DLA buys, and how the federal government buys goods and services. Find out what programs your business might be eligible for and the steps and systems needed to become registered to do business with DLA. Also learn how to find current DLA and other federal government business opportunities, as well as where to turn if you need help.


Getting Started Working With DLA

Connecting your business with DLA begins with a foundation built on three key tools: DUNS, SAM and DIBBS.

Before bidding on government proposals, you need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet DUNS Number, a unique, global business, nine-digit identification number. DUNS numbers are the industry standard for keeping track of the world's businesses. DUNS are required by the government, major financial institutions, corporations, trade associations and more. DUNS Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants.

Register at the Dun & Bradstreet website, or call 800-700-2733.

The System for Award Management (previously known as Central Contract Registration) is a database that requires registration prior to award of any federal government contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement. One exception: Vendors who deal only in credit card purchases at a local level do not need to be registered in SAM.
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Registration in SAM is free, and can be done via the SAM website, or with assistance from your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

DLA's Internet Bid Board System is a web-based application that allows vendors to search for, view and submit secure quotes on requests for quotations for DLA supply items. DIBBS also allows users to search and view requests for proposals, invitations for bids, awards, and other procurement information related to DLA.

Register for DIBBS or learn more about DIBBS in the DIBBS Pocket Guide.


Checklist For Success

1. Understand DLA - Review the detailed guide, "Small Business Overview for Vendors," to learn more about DLA.

2. Obtain a DUNS Number - A DUNS number is a nine-digit number that uniquely identifies your business. Establish your DUNS number at the Dun & Bradstreet website or call 1-800-700-2733.

3. Register in System for Award Management (SAM) - All vendors wanting to do business with the federal government must register in SAM. Create a user account and register at the SAM website.

4. Visit your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) - PTACs assist businesses in pursuit of a federal government contract. Find your local PTAC.

5. Explore DLA Opportunities - Search for DLA procurement opportunities on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the DLA Internet Bid Board System.