We at the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center understand it can be overwhelming
breaking into the government marketplace. Keeping all the different websites, usernames
and passwords separate can be difficult. Here are some resources that can help alleviate
the confusion, including some popular basic websites business owners use to get started.
Arkansas Secretary of the State - www.sos.arkansas.gov/
If your business is set up as an LLC or INC, you will need to register with the Arkansas
Secretary of the State. Sole proprietors do not need to be registered with the Secretary
of the State. However, if you are a sole proprietor but want to keep your business
taxes separate from your personal taxes, then you will need to register your DBA (Doing
Business As) with the Secretary of State. Example: Jane Doe DBA Doe Lawn Services.
Dun & Bradstreet iUpdate - https://iupdate.dnb.com
Website for businesses to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number which
is required to register with the federal government for grants and contracts. The
9 Digit number is required for all government projects.
IRS EIN - www.irs.gov
This is the Internal Revenue Service website to apply for your Employer Identification
Number (EIN). You will need an EIN if your business is set up as an LLC or INC. Sole
proprietors do not need an EIN. If you chose to be a sole proprietor but want to keep
your business taxes separate from your personal taxes, then you may apply for an EIN
for your DBA (Doing Business As).
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - ww.census.gov/eos/www/naics
These 6 digit numbers represent the type of business you are in. Examples: Construction
– 236220, Landscaping - 561730, Janitorial - 561720
System for Award Management (SAM) - www.sam.gov
SAM is the registration portal for all businesses seeking to be vendors or to obtain
grants with the federal government. This process is free.
FEDBIZOPPS - www.fbo.gov
Use this General Services Administration website to search for federal bid opportunities
North America Procurement Council (NAPC) - http://napc.pro/
Various bid sites for state and local opportunities.
State of Arkansas bids - www.state.ar.us/dfa/procurement/bids/index.php and www.arkansasbids.com/
Search these sites for bidding opportunities in Arkansas, including on the state and
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Vendor Registration - www.ark.org/vendor
Registration is required to do business with the State of Arkansas.
On our APAC website, you can find more helpful information under the resources tab. If you need help navigating through the websites or have any questions, give us
a call at 501-671-2390.