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United States Business Registration is a private registration firm established in 2010 to assist Small Businesses, Non-Profit Entities and Government Facilities in completing the System for Award Management (SAM) Registration filings and Small Business Certifications. A dedicated CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) is assigned to physically process, maintain and oversee the registrations and certifications in order to ensure compliant and accurate filings. In 2016 alone, the General Services Administration (GSA) made 77 client-facing enhancements along with multiple revisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). For organizations with active registrations at the time regulation changes go into effect, the SAM Registration itself must be immediately updated and resubmitted in order to remain compliant.
SAM Registrants receive a large amount of misleading emails and phone calls from unethical organizations trying to make money from the multiple processes involved that are already confusing and quite complicated. Therefore it is quite easy to skip over the few important annual emails that are received calling for action or regarding an actual award from Contracting Officers or Prime Vendors. By having a dedicated CRS, your filings will be accurately maintained to remain compliant, you will have Unlimited Support for the term of your registration including guidance on how to take advantage of the Regulations that help Small Businesses actually win contracts by understanding and following the specific rules that were created to ensure such. This avoids most all negative issues than can and do arise from inaccurate or expired registrations which have a direct effect on award considerations and the processing of payments.
Why You Need a SAM Registraton
If you wish to apply for a Federal Grant or conduct business with the U.S. Federal Government, you must start here. The System for Award Management, SAM Registration is the first step in Government Contracting. The System for Award Management (SAM) is a Federal payment tracking database of approved organizations that tracks where money is going to and for what. This is where a CAGE Code is assigned to registered entities. The SAM database is NOT a tool used by Contracting Officers to locate vendors. It's simply a database of organizations that have been approved by the IRS and the DLA to work directly with the Federal Government to sell a product and/or service. We also assist in obtaining multiple forms of Federal Small Business Certifications that assist those businesses in winning Small Business Set-Aside Contracts. The SAM Registration is also mandatory in order to apply for and receive Federal Grants and other types of Federal Financial Assistance.
Once the SAM Registration is approved and active, organizations must then position themselves in the proper areas and in a format that is conducive to how Contracting Officers actually make decisions and award contracts. Most importantly is having proper code assignments, certifications and detailed information readily available and easily verifiable across all platforms. In order to truly be successful, Contracting Officers must be able to easily determine whether or not a vendor can fulfill a specific job or request (whether it is for awarding a Direct No-Bid Contract or deciding between bidders on a posted solicitation).
In terms of protecting Small Business interests:
- 23% of Federal Contracting Dollars must be awarded to Certified Small Businesses (goal is never met due to lack of Certified Small Businesses)
- Contracts below $150,000 are automatically considered Small Business Set-Asides
- 70% of Set-Asides are awarded Directly to Certified Small Businesses and bypass the normal bidding process by utilizing the "Simplified Acquisition Procedures" for Small Businesses
- The certifications and protective regulations can be taken a step further to include Veteran Owned, Woman Owned, Minority Owned and HUBZone Small Businesses
As Small Businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy (employing 80% of the U.S. workforce), there is a multitude of Federal Regulations to assist these Businesses in obtaining Federal Contracts and Grants. Once an organization has been approved by the IRS and DLA, they are assigned a CAGE Code (aka SAM Number) that allows the organization to receive monetary payments from the Federal Government. Depending on the industry, business size, location, Set-Aside status and a few other factors; Small Businesses can be hugely successful offering their goods and services directly to the Federal Government. Prime Vendors on larger contracts must also adhere to many of the same regulations to ensure Small Businesses have relatively equal rights equivalent to large corporations in terms of a weighted dollar average by to fulfill contracts.
Federal Acquisition Regulation Section 13 refers to the Simplified Acquisition Procedures that were primarily created for Small Businesses with the sole purpose of simplifying the bidding and awarding process for both the vendor and the Contracting Officer. 70% of the contracts below $150,000 are awarded to Certified Small Businesses under these rules. These rules also bypass the requirement of the Contracting Officer having to obtain multiple bids as well as not having to refer to the vendor's PPIRS (Past Performance Information Retrieval System). In other words, you do not have to have prior experience in Government Contracting to win contracts using these procedures, which accounts for 70% of all Small Business Set-Asides. There are specific filings, tools and profiles that a Small Business should have in place if they wish to proactively pursue and win new government contracts. This is the primary area of concentration and expertise that USBRI offers assistance for to Small Businesses. Also by having a "Direct Vendor Seal" that links directly to your current SAM Registration shows Contracting Officers that all your legal filings are properly in order and you have immediate assistance regarding all matters of Government Contracting.
United States Business Registration is the only organization specializing in the System for Award Management (SAM) Registration and Certification process in it's entirety, including Small Business Certifications. There are many marketing organizations that assist in this process and try to sell you many unnecessary services that are not needed and do not actually work they way they say. There are no other organizations who specifically specialize in this area which includes the protection of and assistance for Small Businesses to help ensure they are successful. All Registration Specialists are Certified and have undergone extensive training in the SAM database as well as Federal Acquisitions Regulations. Our CRSs all have previous experience in the CCR Registration and ORCA Certification process phased out in 2012 as well. For the more complicated registrations where further assistance is needed, United States Business Registration is the only place to turn to for ethical professional assistance.
We are the oldest and largest organization of it's kind and have maintained a Grade "A" with the Better Business Bureau since our inception almost 10 years ago.