Southeastern SBDC to host government contracting course

Monday, September 26, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a government contracting course in Walker on Thursday, Oct. 6.
     Co-sponsored by Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Livingston Economic Development Council, and Dixie Business Center, the free course will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, located at 9261 Florida Blvd.
     Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jo Lawrence will serve as speaker for the course.
     According to SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers, the System for Award Management (SAM) is the primary database for vendors doing business with the federal government. The registration is often referred to as “self-certifying” a small business. Federal Acquisitions Regulations require all prospective vendors to be registered in SAM prior to the award of a contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement.
     Summers said SAM is also a marketing tool to businesses. It allows government agencies and contractors to search for a company based on its ability, size, location, experience, ownership and more.
     “The goal of this workshop is to walk participants through completion of their SAM registration. For those who were registered in Central Contractor Registration (CCR), assistance will be provided in migrating their legacy CCR account,” said Summers. “All contractors wishing to do business with most all federal agencies are required to register in the SAM. This is done by first creating an account. The registration must then be renewed and/or updated annually. It is very important that the information entered into SAM be accurate, detailed, current and complete.”
     Summers said participants can bring their laptops or work from computers provided.
     To complete the SAM registration, participants will need the following:
     -- A company D&B (Dun and Bradstreet) DUNS number.
     -- A company Tax Identification Number (TIN) / Employer Identification Number (EIN).
     -- A company Commercial and Government Entity Code (CAGE Code). The CAGE Code is a five-character ID number used extensively within the federal government, assigned by the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The CAGE code is used to support a variety of mechanized systems through the government and provides a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location.
     -- Banking information. Participants will need an ABA routing number for their bank; account number and type, or lockbox number; automated clearing house (ACH) point of contact; remittance point of contact; and accounts receivable point of contact
     -- Statistical Information. Participants need to be able to provide receipts from their firm including average annual receipts for the past three years,; the number of employees at the firm; and the average number of persons employed for each pay period.
Summer said at the end of SAM registration there will be an opportunity to “Register or Update Your SBA Profile.”
     “This is a separate data base from the SAM database and a place where all small business firms want to be sure and get registered,” she said. “SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a site that most all Federal Contracting Activities as well as Large Business Prime Contractors use for market research when looking for a particular small business firm or sector of small business firms when making decisions on whether or not to use small business set asides. Be sure to complete this section in full detail to include the ‘Capabilities Narrative.’”
     Although the seminar is free, pre-registration is required due to limited seating available.
For more information on the course or the requirements, call 985-549-3831. Registration is available on line at

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