Glossary

DUNS: Data Universal Numbering System
A Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number is a nine-digit number, issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), to each business location in the D&B database. Each number has a unique, separate, and distinct operation for the purpose of identifying a business. Certain U.S. government agencies require that a vendor has DUNS number as well as a U.S. Employer Identification Number (EIN).

EIN: Employer ID Number
An Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, such as online.

FBO/FedBizOpps: Federal Business Opportunities
FedBizOpps (FBO) is the single government point-of-entry for solicitations of any dollar amount and for required synopsis over $25,000, allowing commercial business suppliers and government buyers to post, search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities in federal government markets.

GSA: U.S. General Services Administration
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), established by President Harry Truman on July 1, 1949, is an agency that streamlines the administrative work of the federal government. GSA provides direct access to a wide range of government services, as well as consumer protection information through the official web portals of the federal government.

MBDA: Minority Business Development Agency
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps to create and sustain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of businesses owned and operated by minority entrepreneurs.

NAICS: North American Industry Classification System
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

SAM: System for Award Management
SAM is a federal procurement system that allows you to do business with the federal government. All businesses must register in order to be awarded a government contract. SAM is completely free of charge for both registrants and users.

SBA: The U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

 


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