Registering in D&B (DUNS)

Our step by step guide to helping you register in D&B

How to use this guide

  1. Resize this screen so it fits on the left 1/3rd of your screen

  2. Click HERE to open up the registration

  3. Move the registration window so it takes up the remaining 2/3rds of your screen

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Who will use this guide

  1. If you want to pursue an SBIR [For more information on SBIR for startups see HERE]

  2. If you want to pursue government contracts [For more information on starting a government contracting companies see HERE]

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1. Your company's basic info

You should be seeing:

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CONFLICT CHECK: Before you create a new DUNS they want to make sure that there isn’t a DUNS already for your company so:

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US ONLY: The SBIR program is only available to US companies so if you aren't registering a US for-profit company you'll need to start one first

Hit CONTINUE

When you hit CONTINUE another section of the screen should pop up below:

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SPELLING YOUR COMPANY NAME: Be very careful how you write your Business Name and Address! You will be entering this information MANY more times and if there are variances between how you wrote it in different systems you will get an error. For example:

  • If you write "Company Name LLC" here and "Company Name" in another system you'll get an error

  • If you write "1234 Main street Suite 4" here and "1234 Main St Suite 4" or "1234 Main street, Ste 4" in another system you'll get an error

I HIGHLY recommend you create a word doc and write this information once, then copy and paste from there to make sure it is the same every time

Once everything is in hit SUBMIT

2. Existing company check

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Based on the company name and address you put in on the previous page DUNS is going to return any business that sounds like you or that is located at a similar address

If your company is already listed you'll want to click on VIEW/MODIFY YOUR INFORMATION to make sure this really is you, and update any information then get your DUNS number and save it.  These instructions assume that this is the first time you are registering your company so we are not going to go through these steps.

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Assuming you don't see yourself go to the bottom of the page and click REQUEST A NEW D-U-N-S NUMBER

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3. Necessary docs

You should be seeing:

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There is nothing to fill in on this page. They are just letting you know that you'll have to provide evidence that you are connected to your company (official documents) before they let you create/modify the DUNS registration for it.

CONSISTENT NAMING: They are going to check that all company name spelling and addresses match so make sure it’s the same address on all docs, and that it’s the exact same spelling on all docs.

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4. Your email

You should be seeing:

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It's time to create a user profile so enter your email and hit NEXT

5. Your info

You should be seeing:

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Fill out the information on yourself (this is your information not the company's information)

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NOTE: If your email was already in the DUNS system then you wont see this screen and you'll skip to the next one

Then hit SUBMIT

6. Creating a new DUNS

You should be seeing:

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Presumably you will be CREATING NEW DUNS so click that

7. Company info

 

You should be seeing:

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COMPANY NAME: Enter your company's name as it appears in your state and federal registrations and the docs you will be uploading later(don’t forget the LLC etc)

DBA/ TRADE STYLE: If your company goes by a different name from the name on your docs put it here

COMPANY PHONE: This is the number that will be used to contact you

BUSINESS PHYSICAL ADDRESS: This is where physical correspondence will be sent

   NOTE: The Company Phone and Physical Address may be released in reports so if you don't want your phone and address out in the public you can get federally compliant mail/space services from Eastern Foundry

HOME BASED BUSINESS: If you'll principally work out of your home then select YES

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: The critical question here is whether you have 500 or more employees.  Count up all you part-time and full time employees, contractors, owners, and the part-time/full-time etc employees of companies that you are closely connected with and if that number is anywhere close to 500 then consult a lawyer.  If the number is well below 500 then just put that number, as long as you're below 500 you're fine.  For a legal definition of what counts as a closely connected business see HERE)

DATE BUSINESS STARTED: Look at your state articles of incorporation and use that date

STADNARD INDUSTRY CLASSIFCATION (SIC) AND NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS): These will be important when you fill out SAM but for the time being you can leave them blank

When you're done hit NEXT

8. Leadership info

You should be seeing:

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COMPANY LEADERSHIP: You may have just put this info in but fill in all the fields

Then hit NEXT

9. Submit

 

You should be seeing:

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Time to validate that you are close enough to this company to create of modify its federal registrations so upload two of the relevant docs

CONSISTENT SPELLING: I'm sure you're tired of hearing me say this but errors here are an easy and frustrating way to have application errors so make sure it’s the same address on all docs, and that it’s the exact same spelling on all docs, so if it says including “LLC” etc

FINANCIAL DETAILS: This is optional

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: If you have something you want to share list it, I never have but feel free to add an inspirational quote or some movie recommendations anyone who reads it

THEN HIT SUBMIT: You're done! Congrats!  Your DUNS number will arrive shortly via email, and make sure to record it, you'll be using it later!

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