Register as a Potential Contractor


As a user of data you need to be aware of the following changes occurring on 05/24/2021.

Phase one, scheduled for April 26, 2021, will change the look and feel of to prepare for the merge.

Phase two, scheduled for May 24, 2021, will migrate the functionality of into (keeping the new design).  The term “beta” will be retired, and there will be only one  This change affects all users.

For additional information or assistance on this transition, please contact our staff of experts of experts at or 414-270-3600.

To do business with the Federal Government, businesses must register in the System for Award Management (SAM). is a public searchable database listing all potential contractors that have registered to do business with the Federal Government.

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) provides free assistance to businesses registering in SAM. Your business / organization MUST be registered in SAM to sell to the Federal government or apply for a Federal grant.

To register in SAM on your own, review a Quick Start Guide for Contract Registrations, before you begin.

If you have previously registered and need to complete the annual update to your SAM registration on your own, review a Quick Start Guide for Updating an Entity Registration, before you begin.

WPI SAM GUIDE will provide you with updated information and frequently asked questions regarding SAM registration.

SAM Disaster Response Registry Information

In order to be included in the Disaster Response Registry, the contractor must select YES when asked if it would like to add disaster relief data in the assertions section of their SAM registration. The contractor will be asked if they require bonding when bidding on a contract and what their bonding levels are. They will also be asked in which states they can offer their products/services. Learn more by reviewing Quick Start Guide for Disaster Response Registry Search.


There is NO FEE to register or maintain your registration. If you get an email, text, or phone call from a company asking you to contact them right away about your registration, be cautious. If you are asked to pay money to complete or renew your registration, be cautious. These messages are not from the Federal Government. It is FREE TO REGISTER in for any entity. You engage third party vendors at your own risk.

Upon completing your SAM registration, you will be provided with the option to update or register your business in the Small Business Administration (SBA) Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). WPI STRONGLY recommends that all small businesses registered in SAM also register in DSBS. DSBS is a searchable database used by government agencies as well as prime contractors to conduct market research to find small businesses that may be able to compete on a Federal prime or subcontract.

For additional information on SAM registration, please contact our staff of experts at or 414-270-3600.