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National Supply Network, LLC Partners with Ferguson for their Distributor Alliance Program (DAP)

The Distributor Alliance Program is Ferguson’s program for certified small, MWBE and DBE who utilize Ferguson as a vendor partner to resell their products to federal, state or local governments.

This strategic partnership will allow National Supply Network, LLC to provide government entities with Ferguson's 50 years of product experience and service.

Read more about this strategic alliance here.


SBA Final Rule Brings Significant Changes For HUBZone Contract Purchases:

Final Rule effective June 30, 2016 eliminates the requirement that the manufacturer also be a SBA HUBZone Certified company. Now these same SBA Certified HUBZone companies may supply offers on goods via contract purchase at or below $25,000 in total value. The new rule also allows the supply any manufacturers goods, as long as the product acquired is manufacturer or produced in the United States.

Non-Manufacturer Rule FAQs

· The Non-Manufacturer rule allows a small business to offer a product that it did not manufacture under a small business set-aside if SBA has offered a waiver. The NMR is an exception to the standard requirement that the contractor must perform at least 50 percent of the cost of manufacturing products (not including the cost of material) on a supply contract. In other words, it allows a contractor that is not the manufacturer to supply products that come from a small business manufacturer located in the United States.

· The NMR applies to firms that receive contracts above $25,000 under the 8(a) program or on a small business set-aside (including set-aside orders against GSA Schedule contracts). It is also important to note that if the value of the order is below $25,000, a small non-manufacturer (including a HubZone) can supply the product of any domestic business. The SBA amended its regulations through a Final Rule published on October 2, 2013, implementing the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. This rule changed 13 CFR §121.406(d) to include orders placed against multiple award contracts. FAR Case 2014-002, entitled: Set-Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts, will implement these changes into the FAR.

· The NMR only applies under a set-aside order. If the ordering activity does not restrict the order to small business (or any of the sub-categories) the NMR does not apply even when an award is made to a small business. However, the ordering activity will receive small business credit when awarding to a small business, just as they would for a small business set-aside.

A small business non-manufacturer is an organization with less than 500 employees; primarily engaged in the supply of products and goods as a retail, wholesale or distribution. Will supply the end product of a U.S. manufacturer or processor, unless a waiver to the non-manufacturer is in place.

See Final Rule for all details.