Getting Started as a Supplier

Getting started as a supplier certainly comes with its challenges, but being able to tap into a large commercial supply chain can be a game-changer for your small business. In fact, the marketplace for government and corporate supplier programs is over $350 billion each year.*

Learn more about Government Supplier Programs:
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As a supplier, you’re going to need to make sure that you can deliver to your partners consistently. When deciding which companies to work with during this critical time, you should consider checking the company’s business credit file to gauge their financial health. Whether you have a supply chain that you rely on for your final product or want to make sure that the company you supply to will pay on time, the D&B® scores and ratings in a company’s business credit report can help you determine if you need to diversify your supply chain or what terms and conditions to offer a new partner.

Having a strong business credit file can help you establish your business credibility and build solid relationships with lenders, your current customers, and potential customers.

“We were working on securing a contract with a large retailer and our Dun & Bradstreet credit standings were falling short of their requirements. With the help of our Concierge Manager, we were able to secure the contract.”
Alok Modani, Choice Canning Company Inc.


Building your own business credit at this time can be very important.
Your D&B business credit file can make a difference in whether or not you’re approved to get into a supplier program, have long delays, or face automatic rejection of your application. Here’s why your business credit can matter as a supplier:
check arrow Some companies may use scores like the D&B® Supplier Evaluation Risk (SER) Rating to determine if a business is credible enough to bring into its supply program.
check arrow You might need to secure start up funding and many banks are likely to pull your business credit file to help them determine if they want to extend a loan to you and at what terms
check arrow You can use your strong business credit report to showcase your credibility to potential customers, even if they don’t pull your profile as part of their process

Learn the Basics of Business Credit


Alternate Funding – Crowdfunding


Alternate Funding – Factoring


Alternative Funding – Export-Import Funding

Does your supplier business have a D&B D-U-N-S® Number?

It’s the first step in establishing and building your business credit file.

In the supplier space, being able to show others that you’re a credible and trustworthy business is a necessity. That’s why so many suppliers depend on their D&B D-U-N-S Number and business credit reports to help showcase their credibility to others.

A D&B D-U-N-S Number is a free, unique business identifier used by 225+ million businesses worldwide. A D&B D-U-N-S Number allows you to establish business credit, showcase your creditworthiness to others, and is required to do business with most government entities and many Fortune 500 companies.


Monitoring Your Partners

Now that you have your D&B D-U-N-S Number, you may also want to make sure you’re monitoring the companies supporting your business. By working with businesses that you know you can trust and keeping an eye on their financial health, you’ll help put yourself in the best position to deliver on your promises to your customers and vendors.

CreditAdvisor™ can help you monitor one of your partner’s D&B credit scores and ratings, and DNBi can help you monitor the D&B scores and rating for multiple companies at once to help ensure you maintain operational efficiency.

Why Suppliers & Contractors Need Business Credit

July 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Why Suppliers & Contractors Need Business Credit

Why Suppliers & Contractors Need Business Credit Every company can benefit from building a strong business credit file, but it's especially important for suppliers and contractors. Your company's business credit scores and ratings tell a [...]

SBA Launches New Small Business Supplier Training Program

May 25th, 2018|Comments Off on SBA Launches New Small Business Supplier Training Program

Small business suppliers and supplier-hopefuls, rejoice! The SBA just announced they are launching a Supply Chain Training Initiative in partnership with Connecticut-based United Technologies (who itself just announced it will invest $19 billion into hiring US small [...]

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Supply Program Coordinator Relationship

April 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Supply Program Coordinator Relationship

Leveraging the Supply Program Coordinator Relationship Similar to the federally and state-sponsored supplier diversity programs, many large corporations have supply programs for small businesses. Walmart, Home Depot and Northrop Grumman are just a few of [...]

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