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Small Business Size Standards

Learn about the definition of – and qualifications for – a small business and why it's important to know your status.
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    What's New with Size Standards

    Get updates on small business size standards news.

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    Small Business Size Regulations

    The Small Business Act was created, in part, to help small businesses compete in our economic market. The act has made it necessary to establish standards of identifying small businesses.

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    Size Standards Methodology

    For its ongoing comprehensive size standards review and future regulatory actions relating to size standards, SBA has developed a “Size Standards Methodology White Paper".

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    Table of Small Business Size Standards

    To help small business owners assess their small business status, SBA has established a Table of Small Business Size Standards.

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    Summary of Size Standards by Industry Sector

    Size guidelines define the maximum size that a firm (including its affiliates) can be to qualify as a small business for most SBA programs. Learn about the common standards for a small business.

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    What are the Small Business Size Standards?

    Your business might be eligible for programs reserved for small business concerns. To qualify, your business must satisfy SBA's definition of a business concern and small business size standards.

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    Size Protests, Size Determinations & Appeals

    Learn about size protests, size determinations and appeals.

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    Guide to Size Standards

    This guide can help you understand how SBA defines a small business and how it establishes its small business size standards.

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    Affiliation

    When you calculate the size of your business, you must include the annual receipts and the employees of your affiliates. Learn more with these resources.

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