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Has anyone gone through the process of obtaining a Dunn & Bradstreet rating for their agency? We are considering it more for business development reasons than for obtaining credit. Potential clients seem to be asking more often for financial stability indicators. We have a very limited profile as most of our vendors are not reporting to D&B on us. D&B wants to charge us about $1300 to help us build our profile by doing a background check and contacting our vendors for payment data.
Having a complete record with D&B is a good idea and I know they offer services to help you complete the missing data. However, you may want to try and do some of it yourself through their website. I updated our record about 4 years ago through the following interface, https://iupdate.dnb.com
It was a little frustrating since I needed to have a variety of information available to complete the profile but I do not remember paying anything to do it myself. I'm not sure how far you can get on your own versus having them do it, but it may be worth a look.
We pay about $400/year - they definitely try to upsell their services, but in order to get a D&B rating, you just need the basics. We have noticed that they ask for our D&B # in every RFP lately, so it is good to have, but not worth $1300!