The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a free, web-based tool provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that enables users, including individuals, government entities, and primary contractors, to find small businesses that qualify for federal contract work.
This online resource houses data on small businesses that have fulfilled the necessary SBA registration and have completed essential certifications and affirmations. The details available in the DSBS include the name, location, size, ownership, skillset, and track record of the small business, along with specifics regarding its certifications such as its designation as a Small Disadvantaged Business, a Women-Owned Small Business, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, or a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) enterprise.
The DSBS is a valuable tool for federal departments and primary contractors to discover small businesses that fit their procurement criteria. Searches can be conducted using different parameters, such as keywords, location, skills, and certifications. In addition, small businesses can utilize the DSBS to promote their offerings to potential clients, earning it the nickname of a “marketing profile.”
The DSBS serves as a crucial link between small businesses and federal contract opportunities, aiding government bodies and primary contractors in achieving their small business contracting objectives. Hence, the influx of unwanted third-party emails, as these marketers understand the significance of DSBS and the need to complete your profile entries manually.
DSBS Update: New Access Method
The DSBS, which was once accessible via SAM from 2012 to early 2022, has now changed its point of entry for most contractors. Previously, DSBS could also be accessed through the General Login System (GLS), but this is no longer the case.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to connect.sba.gov
- Log in using your admin login.gov (sam.gov) credentials
- Find the “Access” tab in the top menu, click “Request Access”
- Expand “DSBS” from the menu options (3rd option down)
- Check the box for DSBS
- Enter your Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in the box that pops up
- Click “Request Access” (bottom of page)
The SBA will then send an email to confirm that access has been given. It’s best to execute these steps from the SAM administrator’s account, as it’s currently uncertain if multiple individuals within a single organization can gain access. It’s always better to err on the side of caution in such matters.