I got a call the other day from a guy I know who has been in this business for a while, as an employee. He decided to start his own company and called me for a gut check about the registration process. "Why does it cost $599 to get registered as a government contractor?" he asked.
I asked him what page was he on, and he said "CCR." I told him to type in "www.ccr.gov" and let me know he saw. "This is different," he said. I told him to read the top line of the page that says:
"Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the official,
FREE on-line registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. CCR
collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency
acquisition and award missions. You do not need pay to register in CCR."
To say he was a little miffed is an understatement.
Here's the issue folks. If you do one of a number of searches on the web, for example "contractor registration", here's what you end up with:
Basically, this organization pays for great rankings on Google, and folks click the link thinking it's Uncle Sam.
Don't believe me?
The following is from the BBB website where there are seventeen registered complaints cited.
"BBB has received complaints from consumers stating that based on the
business' advertising and/or sales representations, they believe they
are working with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) website of
the U.S. government. "
So, how much does it cost to register as a federal contractor? Obtaining a Federal/Tax ID, DUNS Number or CAGE Code (result of CCR registration) costs nothing but your time. The only fees that might apply are those assessed by local or state government based on the type of entity you set up.
When in doubt, check with someone you trust before embarking into the unknown or lesser known.
The Chief Visionary
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."