Registering in

Our step by step guide to helping you register in

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


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. Account creation

You should be seeing:

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Click REGISTER on the right

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POP-UP: When you click register a pop-up will appear (depending on how big your screen is it will look like one of the two below) and select the first option

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2. Program qualifications

You should be seeing:

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IS YOUR BUSINESS ORGANIZATION FOR-PROFIT: If you are going for SBIR/STTR you need to be a for-profit (e.g. an LLC, Corps, etc)

IS YOUR PRINCIPLE BUSINESS LOCATED IN THE US: If you are headquartered in the US answer YES

OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL: So long as Americans own (e.g. own >50% of the equity) and control (indirectly or directly controls or influences the business) then select the first option.  If foreigners, other businesses, or investors own/control  50% or more of this business then consult a lawyer. 

COMPANY SIZE: Same idea as with your DUNS registration, count up everyone an so long as your are well bellow 500 people select YES.  If you are close to 500 consult a lawyer

NOTE: When you answer a question in a way that qualifies you for SBIR the boxes on the right should turn to thumbs up:

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Then hit NEXT:

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3. Previous application

You should be seeing:

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Assuming you are new to SBIR/STTR answer NO

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Then hit NEXT

4. DUNS and EIN check

You should be seeing:

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DUNS: You should have an email with your DUNS number

EIN: You should have gotten this number from the IRS when you registered with them

EMAIL: Recommend you use the same work email you used in DUNS and SAM

Then hit NEXT

5. SBC Info

You should be seeing:

COMPANY NAME: Be sure that you spell your name exactly as you did in DUNS/SAM/etc

COMPANY WEBSITE: If you put a website put in the whole address including "HTTPS://WWW." (e.g. HTTPS://

OWNERSHIP BY INVESTORS: It is not necessarily a problem if you have investments from a VC/PE/etc shop, just put in how much they collectively own

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Same as the last screen

WOMAN-OWNED: If one or more women collectively own >50% of the equity in this company select YES

SOCIALLY/ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED: Basically if minority members own >50% of the equity in this company select YES.  For more details on who qualifies click HERE

HUBZONE OWNED: If your company is located in, and 35% of your employees live in, one or more areas designated on THIS map then select YES

COMPANY PROFILE: Optional, but feel free to write a bit about yourself

PERSONAL INFO: I know you're tired of entering this, but do it again

   PHONE NUMBERS: Put dashed (-) in your phone number or you'll get an error

Then hit NEXT

6. Points of contact

You should be seeing:

This is your last step.  It's pretty self explanatory so just drive through, and remember to put dashes (-) into your phone numbers

Then when you hit NEXT

You should see: 

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Other GovCon & SBIR guides, classes and analysis

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Our resources section has everything you need to:

  • Understand the SBIR program
  • Explore the Government Contracting market
  • Get help registering your company
  • Master key GovCon topics

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