LA PTAC counselors will assist you with the following registrations that are needed to contract with the Federal Government:
- DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) - a unique 9-digit identifier issued and maintained by Dun & Bradstreet that verifies the existence of a business entity globally. D&B assigns DUNS numbers for each physical location of a business. Registration is completely FREE.
- SAM (System for Award Management) - replaced CCR (Central Contractor Registration) in June 2012. It is a Federal government database that incorporates information from CCR; ORCA (Online Representations and Certifications Applications; and EPLS (Excluded Parties List System).
- DSBS (Dynamic Small Business Search) – the Small Business Administration (SBA), Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a database of firms who have registered in SAM. It includes additional information about the firm including certifications and performance history (references). This database is used as a search tool by government contracting persons as well as large prime contractors looking for subcontractors.
LA PTAC counselors will assist you in determining which socio-economic categories your business fits into (may be more than one) and will assist you with the certification applications.
Clients self-certify in SAM for the following certifications:
- SB (Small Business) a firm’s size is determined by their primary NAICS code as it corresponds to the SBA Size Standards Table. Size is based on the average annual receipts of the past three (3) years or the average number of employees over the past 12 months (for manufacturing).
- SDB (Small Disadvantaged Business) - in federal procurement, minority businesses are referred to as disadvantaged businesses. A small disadvantaged business is a small business that is also at least 51 percent (51%) owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.
Clients apply through SBA for the following certifications:
- HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) - the HUBZone program promotes economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities. Eligibility is based on physical location of business as well as percentage of employees who live in a HUBZone.
- SBA 8(a) – SBA Business Development Program - is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51 percent (51%) by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The program is a nine year program in two phases – years 1 thru 5 are developmental; years 6 through 9 are….
- WOSB (Woman-Owned Small Business) - a small business that is at least 51 percent (51%) directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women who are citizens (born or naturalized) of the United States.
- EDWOSB (Economically Disadvantaged WOSB) - the same as a WOSB with the additional requirement that the women owner(s) are economically disadvantaged. To be determined economically disadvantaged, 1) personal net worth must be less than $750,000; 2) adjusted gross income cannot exceed $350,000 averaged over the last three years (preceding certification); and 3) fair market value of all assets, including interest in firm and equity interest in personal residence, may not exceed $6 million.
Veteran-Owned Companies Verifications
LA PTAC counselors assist our veteran-owned companies apply for verifications. Verification is processed by the Veterans Administration (VA), Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE).
- VOSB (Veteran Owned Small Business) – a small business that is at least 51 percent (51%) owned, managed and controlled by one or more veterans.
- SDVOSB – Service Disabled VOSB - a small business that is at least 51 percent (51%) owned , managed, and controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans.
LA PTAC will assist all clients who are interested in state government contracting.
- LaPAC (Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network) – bid site where the State of LA, Office of State Procurement, posts its open bids. Vendors can register and set up their personalized search profile and receive bid match emails or randomly access the website and perform searches for open bid opportunities.
- Hudson Initiative - a race and gender-neutral program intended to provide additional opportunities for Louisiana-based small entrepreneurships (SE's) that are certified by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) to participate in contracting and procurement with the State. Hudson certified contractors receive a 10 point advantage on their technical evaluations in certain state solicitations.
- LaVet (Louisiana's Veteran Initiative) - a certification program that is designed to help eligible Louisiana Veteran-owned and Service-Connected Disabled-Veteran-owned small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities that are available at the state government level. LaVET certified contractors receive a 10 point advantage on their technical evaluations in certain state solicitations.
- SEBD (Small and Emerging Business Development) - provides the managerial and technical assistance training needed to grow and sustain a small business i.e., developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, business planning, and legal and industry-specific assistance. Small construction firms that are SEBDs are eligible for bonding assistance for the first 25 percent (25%) of contract value, up to $100,000.
- DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) - a business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more minority persons. A minority is generally defined as an individual who is African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, a woman or a disabled person. Other ethnicities are handled on a case by case basis.
LA PTAC counselors will assist you with marketing by helping you identify your potential market.
- We provide marketing tools which include a sample Elevator Speech and template for a one-page Capability Statement.
- We provide contact lists for Federal, state and local buying agencies, military posts and bases, shipyards, and large prime contractors.
- We teach clients how to seek subcontracting opportunities using various sources such as FedBizOps, SBA DSBS, GSA, USASpending, etc.