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SAM REGISTRATION

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What is the System of Award Management (SAM)?

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the central database of supplier information for the Federal government. SAM collects, validates, and stores data from suppliers, including small businesses, and makes them available to government agencies for making acquisitions.

There is no cost to register in SAM.

Why do I have to register with SAM?

As the primary system for government agencies to see supplier information during the acquisition process, all contract or grant seekers with federal agencies, like the DoD, are required to be in the system to sell to the federal government. The SBIR/STTR programs are no exception. In order to begin the process of submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal, the small business must be in SAM.

A business entity with an EIN

The business entity must have already been created. Each state has its own process for registering a business. Once you have registered a small business in your state, you must get an Employment Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. The EIN identifies the tax account of employers. You will need this number during the registration process in SAM. You can receive an EIN instantly if you register online.

What do I need to Register in SAM?

DUNS number

Your business needs a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number to register in SAM. The DUNS number is developed and maintained by Dun and Bradstreet. It’s a unique nine-digit identification number assigned for each physical location of the business. The number is required by many federal agencies and is needed to register in SAM. It is free to register.

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Registering for an EIN

What information do I need to get an EIN?

  • Legal name
  • Headquarters name and address of your business
  • Doing Business As (DBA) or other name by which the business is commonly recognized
  • Mailing address (if separate from headquarters or physical address)
  • Telephone number
  • Contact name of the responsible party and their SSN
  • Type of entity (LLC, Corporation, etc)
  • Data business started
  • Closing month of accounting year

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Registering for a DUNS

What information do I need to get a DUNS?

  • Legal name
  • Headquarters name and address of your business
  • Doing Business ss (DBA) or other name by which the business is commonly recognized
  • Physical address, city, state, and ZIP code
  • Mailing address (if separate from headquarters or physical address)
  • Telephone number
  • Contact name of the responsible party and their title
  • Number of employees at your physical location
  • Whether you are a Home-Based Business

Registering with SAM at www.sam.gov

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Step 1:

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

  • Click on the "Create Individual Account" button and fill out the subsequent form with your first & last name, email, phone, country and create  username, password, and 3 security questions/answers 

  • Once your responses are confirmed you will get an email to verify your account

  • After you've clicked on the verification link you will be able to proceed to registering your business

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Registering with SAM at www.sam.gov

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Step 2:

REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS ENTITY WITH SAM

  • Legal business name & address

  • Your DUNS number

  • Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code If you don't have one, the system will automatically assign you a new code

  • Your EIN

  • General information about the business

  • Financial information about the business

  • Details about any legal proceedings in which your entity may currently be involved

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Registering with SAM at www.sam.gov

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO REGISTER WITH SAM

  • AssertionsData about the types of good and services that your business provides.
  • Representations and CertificationsDocuments that entity's certifications related to their small business status and responses to commonly used DFARS provisions.
  • Points of Contact (POC)You will be asked to provide point of contact information based on the information you provided during the registration process. POC types include accounts receivable and government business.
  • Electronic Fund Transfer InformationBank routing number and account number.

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Additional Resources

A tutorial video provided by the SAM Website to guide you through the SAM registration process.

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A national network of procurement professionals help small businesses work with the government. PTAC counselors help you complete the SAM registration process and provide tips to make sure your information is entered correctly and is up to date. Your PTAC counselor can also help you start finding contracting opportunities and marketing your business to government buyers.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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1. The following is required to register in SAM.

2. Registering for SAM is optional but highly recommended when submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal.

3. SAM will not ask what type of goods and services your company provides.

Complete the questions to continue.



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4. If you don't have a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code SAM will automatically assigned you a new code.

5. You will be required to provide Point of Contact (POC) information based on the information you input during registration.

6. There is no cost to registering in SAM.

Complete the questions to continue.



You've finished the lesson on SAM registration

Congratulations!