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Information Center and FAQs

Have questions? We’re here to help. We’ve compiled answers to the most common questions that business owners have about establishing and managing business credit and credibility in our Information Center.

  • Why do I need a D&B D-U-N-S Number?
    Having a D-U-N-S Number allows businesses to have access to their D&B business credit scores, and to do business with the U.S. Federal Government, state and local governments and large retailers that require businesses to have a D-U-N-S Number prior to doing business with them.
  • Can I get a D&B D-U-N-S Number for free?
    Yes, but a fee may be required if you need your D-U-N-S number expedited or want to build an online business credit profile with your D-U-N-S number. If you and your company are doing work for the government and have a government contract, then your D-U-N-S number will be free whether it is expedited or not. However, if you do not have a contract with the government it may require a fee: http://www.dandb.com/establish-business-credit/
  • How do I know if I already have a D&B D-U-N-S Number?
    The best way to find out if your business has a D-U-N-S number is to call one of our Credit Advisors at 1-800-700-2733 or do a search on dandb.com.
  • What can I do at the Company Update site?
    Company Update is a platform that gives small business owners direct access to their business’ information. It is a free service and requires only registration. Company Update allows you to establish your D&B business credit profile, maintain the accuracy of your financial data, document your public filing records and financial history, and view and print information in your current D&B business credit report.
  • What is a business credit profile?
    Your Business Credit Profile is one of the primary ways companies can use to evaluate whether to do business with your company-and on what terms. Companies rely on your business creditworthiness to make critical decisions, which can include whether:
    To sell to you
       
    To lend you money
       
    You are viable as a partner
       
    To increase an existing line of credit
    To lease the equipment you need to grow your business
       
    To help you carry more inventory at competitive prices
       
    To give you favorable financing rates and terms
       
    You stack up favorably against other companies competing in your market space
  • What is included in my business credit profile?
    Business credit includes a variety of data points about your business, such as the starting date, skills and experience of your leaders, number of employees, and annual sales. This type of information is listed in your business credit profile, along with scores and ratings that are derived from your business’ past behavior to predict its future behavior. For example, your ability and willingness to pay your bills on time in the past is factored into your predicted likelihood of paying your bills in the future.
  • What is the role of a Credit Advisor?
    Dun & Bradstreet certified Credit Advisors are trained to answer questions and provide general suggestions to small business owners on issues relating to cash flow management, credit vehicles, credit policy creation, understanding and improving financial statements, legal structures and other issues related to business credibility.* Credit Advisors are available to business owners seeking to learn about the importance of establishing, building, and maintaining good business credit and credibility. This process of working closely with an individual business continues a tradition dating back to the mid 1800’s when prior to advanced communication and technology, D&B would send credit reporters directly into merchants’ offices.
  • What steps can I take to help improve my business credit scores and ratings?
    Paying bills on time, ensuring all relevant trade experiences are represented in your business credit profile, managing your personal finances, and keeping both your personal finances and your business credit file in good standing can all help to build your Business Credit Profile. Speak with a Credit Advisor to learn more.