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PTAC Helpful Links

DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet (it’s free)

System For Award Management (

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR OFFICIAL SITE) 

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR better site)

General Services Administration (GSA) sites:

Federal Business Opportunities – FedBizOpps

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS)

Small Business Administration (SBA) Contracting Opportunities



Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOSB)

Employer Identification Number (apply for an EIN online)

NAICS codes (North American Industrial Classification Codes System “NAICS” codes are used to register in the government’s vendor database, SAM, for federal contracting and as a way to identify products and services for procurement research)

NIGP Code Directory (“Commodity Codes” as developed by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, adopted by more than 1,400 state and local governments; NIGP codes are needed to register as a vendor with many state and local governments)

UNSPSC Code Directory (“Commodity Codes” used by the State of Utah, Division of Purchasing when coding state level procurement opportunities; this is a .pdf document that is searchable by using “Ctrl F” function then typing in search terms)

FSC/PSC search (listing and search engine for Federal Supply Codes and Product Service Codes; needed to complete registration in SAM)

NAICS code cross-reference with GSA Schedules (how to relate NAICS codes to GSA Schedule contracts)

Small Business Size Standards (use these tables to determine whether your business is a small business)

8(a) program (guide to the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) business development program)

Net Worth Determination (determine your net worth to qualify for 8(a) program using SBA Form 413)

8(a) Mentor-Protege Rules (SBA’s rules on what written mentor-protege agreements must contain)

Joint Venture Guidelines (SBA’s rules on 8(a) mentor-protege joint venture agreements)

HUBZone (guide to the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program)

HUBZone Locator Tool (type in an address to determine whether it is located in a HUBZone)

WOSB program (guide to the Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program)

SAM (System for Award Management, includes the centralized, electronic registration process for vendors that want to do business with the federal government, formerly known as Central Contractor Registration, as well as ORCA, the Online Representations and Certifications Application, the primary federal government repository for most of the government-required representations and certifications)

SAM Quick Start Guide

SAM User’s Guide (instructions for using SAM, including registering as a vendor and completing ORCA)

SAM User Help Regarding Small Business Information

SAM Registration Tips – 2012

SAM Instructional Video – 2013

Veteran-Owned Business Registration (the VA’s vendor registration system for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses)

SDVOSB Joint Venture Requirements (terms required in a joint venture involving a service-disabled veteran-owned small business)

USA Gov (the U.S. government’s official web search site)


State of Utah

Utah Department of Commerce