If you did tell us about your experience. If you haven't, ask about your free business assessment. We'd really like to hear how you're doing. Please consider sending an update to the consultant or team member you worked with.


See Local Spending Trends & Statistics for the past calendar year. You can also view where dollars have been spent anywhere in the US.

Step 4: Register in SAM and DSBS


Register In SAM (System For Award Management)

Once you have obtained your DUNS number and have identified your industry codes, you will need to register in SAM (System for Award Management). Registering in SAM will set your business up for electronic payment (Electronic Funds Transfer - EFT) on federal contracts and will establish a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, a five (5) position code that provides a standardized method for identifying companies and is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government.

We highly recommend you view the SAM User Guide for reference. If you have all the necessary information on hand, online registration takes approximately one hour to complete. Registration in SAM is accomplished online at http://www.sam.gov.

Please note that the CCR & ORCA databases are now retired. Whether you had an existing Active or Inactive CCR record, you must create an account within SAM to either "migrate your legacy system" or, if inactive, perform an update.


Register In DSBS (Dynamic Small Business Search)

Registration in the DSBS can only be done at the end of successfully completing your SAM registration. This site is used by government agencies and prime contractors to find small businesses that can meet their government contracting or subcontracting needs. You will have the option to list keywords and a narrative that best describe your business capabilities so be as accurate and succinct as possible to make it easy for others to find you!

To gain access to this site if you've already completed your SAM registration or need to update, simply log in to your SAM account, click on "Manage Entity" and then "Complete Registration". You will need to perform an update to your record in order to gain access to the DSBS database.

Please note that you must be considered a small business to gain access to the DSBS database. Go to SBA's table of Small Business Size Standards to view the corresponding NAICS codes to your matching industry code(s): View Small Size Standards for your business. https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf


Search the DSBS Database for teaming/partnering opportunities. http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm