In order to work with Kansas City, you must submit a request to become a vendor.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) Codes are numbers that classify what type of business you operate.
These numbers describe what your business does. For example, if your business is a barber shop, then your NAICS code is 812111 and your NIGP code is 95210.
Cities and other governments use industry codes for things like taxation and licensing. You will likely encounter many government forms that require an industry code.
The Federal Government and the City of Kansas City use NAICS codes to classify businesses. The City of Kansas City also uses NIGP codes to classify its vendors. You will have to select the NIGP codes for your business when you register your business with the City.
You can determine your NAICS and NIGP codes using the City’s Industry Code Search when you create a BizCare profile. Select up to three codes that most accurately describe what your business does.
A DUNS number is a unique identifier for your business. You’ll need to provide your business’s DUNS number before you can bid on City contracts.
DUNS numbers are issued by a private company, Dun & Bradstreet. When you request a DUNS number, Dun & Bradstreet starts a record for your business that is similar to a credit report.
The City as well as banks and other businesses may use the information maintained by Dun & Bradstreet to help them decide whether to work with you.
You can obtain a DUNS number for free by visiting the Dun & Bradstreet Website.
Once you have your business NAICS and NIGP codes and Dun & Bradstreet number, you are ready to complete the Vendor Application Form.