SAM and DSBS are Important to Small Businesses

May 20, 2016

SAM’s link to SBA’s small business database is temporarily down

Source: Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, Chuck Schadl, May 9, 2016SAM_logo

Small businesses need to be aware of the fact that the link between the System for Award Management (SAM) and the Small Business Administration’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is broken.  SBA estimates that repair of this link may make as much as six weeks.

The link between SAM and DSBS is important because it is the means by which many small businesses create and maintain a complete profile of their capabilities in SBA’s database.  Government contracting officers and large prime contractors use the DSBS database to identify small businesses for possible consideration as contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.

Right now, registrants in SAM who try to use the link there to SBA’s DSBS (also known as “Supplemental Pages”) receive an error message.

There is a work-around for small businesses wishing to create or edit a file in DSBS.  Small businesses can access DSBS via SBA’s Global Login System (GLS).  To update your SBA Supplemental Pages via SBA’s GLS:

  • Go to
  • You will need to register and set up an account in the GLS system if you haven’t already.
  • In GLS, you will request access to PRO-NET/DSBS and click SBA Supplemental Pages.
  • Once you are granted access to PRO-NET/DSBS, you can then click the link to update your SBA Supplemental Pages in DSBS.

Contact your nearest PTAC to obtain help with registrations.


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