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APL’s goal is to collaborate with your organization to make the process of becoming one of our suppliers as straightforward as possible. To do that, we will need to understand more about your organization and obtain certain types of information. In many cases, we need to collect certain data points to ensure compliance with government regulations. Below are a variety of resources you may find helpful.

SAM/Unique Entity ID

As of April 4, 2022, the federal government has transitioned away from the use of DUNS to a SAM.gov-generated Unique Entity ID. A SAM number is needed for certain types of sub-awards in order to meet federal government reporting requirements.

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APL appreciates your consideration when registering with SAM and asks that your organization opt in to the search capability within the SAM database. This will save your organization time because we can verify company information and view your organization’s SAM registration status without having to ask you for additional proof.

Supplier Diversity Resource Office (SDRO)

At APL, supplier diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. The APL Supplier Diversity Resource Office (SDRO) was established to achieve and advance small business program goals.

Interested in potential opportunities with APL’s SDRO? Contact the SDRO at PartnerandSupplierResources@jhuapl.edu and send a completed and signed set of the following forms, which can be found on our Vendor Forms webpage.

  • Annual Offeror Representations and Certifications
  • W-8BEN/W-8BEN-E or W-9

For further guidance, see the “Tips for Small Businesses Who Want to Do Business with APL” section.

SDRO Contacts

The SDRO is managed by two supplier diversity program managers. For assistance/guidance with APL’s Supplier Outreach Program, please contact:

  • Lisa M. Righter, Supplier Diversity Program Manager + Outreach
  • Orlando D. Stevenson Sr., Supplier Diversity Program Manager

All questions should be directed to the SDRO team at SupplierDiversityOffice@jhuapl.edu.

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North American Industry Classification System

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS, pronounced Nakes) is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. This standard allows for a high level of comparability in business statistics among the North American countries.

NAICS replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System in 1997.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a table of small business size standards to assist small businesses in assessing their business size. For information on how the NAICS Code is used in federal procurements, please watch this video.

Additional information, including a NAICS Manual and FAQs, can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau website.

How to Determine Your Organization’s NAICS Code

Visit www.census.gov/naics. In the “NAICS Search” area on the left, enter a keyword that describes your kind of business. A list of business activities with keywords and their corresponding NAICS codes will appear. Choose the one that most closely represents your primary business function.

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