FAQs

Below we have addressed some frequently asked questions to help you find what you are looking for:

Question: What is Northrop Grumman's small business strategy?

Answer: Northrop Grumman's procurement strategy is designed to ensure that capable small businesses receive the maximum practicable subcontracting opportunities on our programs


Question: How do I certify my company as a Small Business Concern? 

Answer: Small business concerns may self-certify their business size in order to compete for government contracts. In addition, the SBA administers two business assistance programs for small disadvantaged businesses. These programs are the 8(a) Business Development Program, and the HUBZone Business Program. Small Businesses participating in the 8(a) Business Development program and HUBZone small business concerns are eligible to receive certain preferences in federal procurement actions. Information on certification and procurement preference programs is available from SBA programs


Question: What is BusinessUSA?

Answer: To strengthen America's competitiveness in the global economy, businesses will need to be equipped with the best tools and information available to support innovation and job growth in the 21st century. BusinessUSA is your front door to all the government has to offer. BusinessUSA is a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.


Question: What resources are available to assist Women Business Owners?

Answer: Women's Business Ownership: SBA's Office of Women Business Ownership (OWBO) helps women start or expand their businesses. OWBO's programs provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and marketing opportunities, including federal contracts.


Question: What procurement preferences are available to Small Businesses?

Answer: The federal government utilizes several procurement preference programs for small businesses, including:  

Small Business Set-asides, which restrict procurements to small businesses; the Small Disadvantaged Business Program, which includes the 8(a) Business Development Program, by which procurements may be limited to 8(a) enrolled firms or directed to a specific 8(a) firm; the HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Program, through which procurements may be limited to HUBZone enrolled firms or directed to a specific HUBZone firm; the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible women-owned small businesses; and the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB), which encourages the use of SDVOSB businesses in prime and subcontracting activities.  

Information on qualifying for and utilizing these programs is available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).


Question: What is the Small Business Administration's role in U.S. business development and expansion?

Answer: The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. Information on federal socioeconomic procurement programs, such as the HUBZone Program and the Small Disadvantaged Business Program, are also available at SBA's Web site.


Question: What is the System for Award Management?

Answer: The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. Future phases of SAM will add the capabilities of other systems used in Federal procurement and awards processes.


Question: What are Size Standards, and how does SBA determine a size standard?

Answer: Size Standards are numerical measures that a registrant must meet in order to qualify as a small business. SBA usually establishes size standards by the number of employees or receipts for most industries based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)


Question: What is the mission of the Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency?

Answer: The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans. The Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) encourages the creation, growth, and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the U.S.


Question: What resources are available for Veteran Owned Businesses?

Answer: The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 provides assistance and opportunities for veteran-owned and service connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses. The Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) provides information about CVE's efforts to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs), and how to participate in the VA's Veterans First Contracting Program.


Question: How do I get a DUNS Number?

Answer: The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by the commercial company D&B. Call D&B at 866-705-5711 if you do not have a DUNS number. The process to request a DUNS number takes about ten minutes and is free of charge. Please view these instructions to obtain your DUNS Number.

If you already have a DUNS number, the D&B representative will advise you over the phone. You must have a different nine-digit DUNS for each physical location or different address in your organization as well as each legal division that may be co-located. When entering your DUNS number, enter only the numbers; do not include dashes. As a result of obtaining a DUNS number, you might be included on D&B's marketing list that is sold to other companies. If you do not want your name/company included on this marketing list D&B has asked that you contact them anytime at the same numbers noted above to request removal.