Ok, time for your first federal registration: Dun and Bradstreet, (AKA D&B) or your DUNS number.
Information you will need:
- Legal name
- Doing Business As (DBA) name, if you want to use a name other than the legal name you used for your state and federal registrations
- Physical address for your company’s headquarters, city, state and ZIP Code
- Mailing address (if separate from headquarters and/or physical address)
- Telephone number
- Contact name and title
- Your EIN
- Your State registration information
- Number of employees at your physical location
- Whether you are a Home-Based Business
Note: The DUNS questions are really straightforward so we aren’t going to go into them, BUT you have to make sure you are spelling names, address, and everything else identically between systems. So if you put your address as “2011 Crystal Dr.” in one system and “2011 Crystal Drive” in another you are going to get an error.
Step 1: Visit D&B D-U-N-S Request Service for US Federal Government Contractors and Assistance Awardees , then click “Start Now” under “Find DUNS or Request New DUNS”
Step 2: Search for your company (even if you haven’t previously registered), and hit search. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Request a D-U-N-S number.”
Step 3: Fill in the information, create a profile, and answer the questions, and a DUNS number will be assigned to you within one business day
If you are still getting errors see if there are any blank spaces or periods that are different between the information in different systems, for example if you are copying and pasting information between systems (which is a good idea) sometime a ” ” (blank space) will end up at the end of your name or address and that can be enough to cause an error between the systems.
Extra sells: D&B may call you to sell you extra stuff. Odds are you don’t need it.