To work with the federal government, your business must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). The government makes this registration available for free at sam.gov. However, they will not review your paperwork prior to submission. They also won't let you know if your paperwork was completed incorrectly, if something was missing, or explain why they rejected it. This also applies if your paperwork wasn't submitted correctly.
Many businesses opt to hire a SAM.gov registration company and have it handle their registration and maintenance, just like they hire an accountant to file the company’s taxes each April. While finding a company that will handle your SAM.gov registration may seem easy, hiring the best one to do the job is a more difficult task.
We include below the information you should have when deciding which company to hire to complete your SAM registration. If you have additional questions, feel free to speak with one of our acquisition specialists at 877-252-2700 ext. 1.
- How long has the company been in business?
You want to hire a company that has a solid track record of completing SAM registrations and renewals, who can provide you with a list of satisfied clients, and who has been in business for at least five years. US Federal Contractor Registration has been in business since 2010, and has completed more than 65,000 SAM registrations and renewals.
- Does the company have a physical address?
While a company can complete your SAM registration with nothing more than a high-speed Internet connection and computer, that doesn’t help if you want to meet with your acquisition specialist in person. Knowing you can go to a physical location and talk to the person handling your registration is important, so be sure to verify any address information a company gives you. US Federal Contractor Registration is located at 9400 4th Street N., Suite 111, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33702. Our current and prospective clients are welcome to come to our office and talk to an acquisition specialist, or even owner Eric Knellinger, at any time.
- What forms of payment do they take?
If a company only takes checks or bank drafts, you may want to reconsider using it. A company that refuses to accept a credit card payment may be worried that you will charge back the transaction when or if it fails to successfully complete your SAM registration. US Federal Contractor Registration takes all forms of payment, including checks, bank drafts, credit cards, and even cash.
- How will the company store your personal information?
Seems every day there is a story in the news about a cyber breach, with even the government admitting that it has been breached. Select a company that safeguards all information and has security in place to prevent a breach.
- Who are the principles?
Ask who the principles of the company are and research them. You wouldn’t select a dentist or doctor without doing some homework, and the same holds true here. Google the principles or even look on LinkedIn. Eric Knellinger is the principle at US Federal Contractor Registration.
- Who works for the company?
Make sure that you ask about any training or certifications that the company’s employees receive. The more experienced the acquisition specialist, the more likely he or she will be able to handle issues that come up. Check out the US Federal Contractor Registrations Staff page to read about its employees.
- What do their clients say?
Past performance is critical for a business interested in contracting with the federal government, and it is just as critical when selecting a company to handle your SAM registration. Ask for testimonials to see what a company’s clients are saying. If a company refuses to give you this information, this should be a red flag. You can view the testimonial pages for US Federal Contractor Registration at US Federal Contractor Registration Testimonials and on Government Contracting Tips Testimonials.