DLA Small Business
New to working with the government?
New to working with DLA?
Just looking for a place to get started?
Learn the basics:
Small Business Overview for Vendors
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 844-539-1518.
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.
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.