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Central Contractor Registration (CCR) - A tool for businesses to market their goods and services.  All businesses interested in doing business with the US Government must be registered in this database.  Once registered, large Primes like Rolls-Royce can search the database based on many different search criteria for small business using the Dynamic Small Business Search.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - Pronounced “NAKES”, this system is used by businesses and government to classify business establishments according to the type of economic activity (process of production). The NAICS codes are used as a categorization system within contracting data to give a higher level of detail about the type of economic or industrial output being done under a contract. This system, somewhat, replaced the Standard Industrial Classicization (SIC).

Small Business Administration (SBA) - The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) - is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements. DCMA directly contributes to the military readiness of the United States and its allies, and helps preserve the nation's freedom.

Department of Defense (DoD) - is the federal department responsible for performing contract administration services (auditing, training, data collection, etc.) for DoD and other authorized Federal Agencies.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) - A principle set of rules issued by agencies of the Federal Government of the United States to govern the acquisition process, which is the process through which the government purchases goods and services.

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) - early stage R&D projects at small technology companies  funded by the DoD.  These projects serve a DoD need and have commercial applications.

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