Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix & Cheboygan Counties.

Do you know SAM?

Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and do business right.

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance  •  231-582-6482  •

Jessica Lovay, Office Manager/Grant Administrator

The federal government purchases products and services from just about every industry, from space ship parts to staplers, but in order to do business with the federal government, you must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration. If you need to check the credibility of a company or apply for a federal grant and access the funds, those processes and many more also flow through SAM.

SAM’s website  is an official, no cost U.S. government source to process the following needs for your business:

  • Register to do business with the U.S. government
  • Update or renew your entity registration
  • Check the status of an entity registration
  • Search for entity registration and exclusion records

The process to do business with the Federal Government is quite extensive, but SAM can walk you through it. Once you complete your mandatory registration with SAM and supply these other minimum requirements, you’ll be in business:

  • Your DUNS Number, Legal Business Name, and Physical Address from your Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) record. If you don’t already have one, you can request a DUNS Number for FREE from D&B.
  • Your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Taxpayer Name associated with your TIN. Review your tax documents from the IRS (such as a 1099 or W-2 form) to find your Taxpayer Name.
  • Your bank’s routing number, your bank account number, and your bank account type, i.e. checking or savings, to set up Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Federal grant applications also require registration with SAM. This should be the first step, even in the early thought stage, in order to have a faster application experience.                                  

For additional information or questions contact the NLEA at 231-582-6482 or

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