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Determining Business Size

One of the first steps in becoming a government contractor is to accurately determine if you can qualify as small under SBA size standards. In other words, you must be defined as a small business when submitting proposals for small business contracts.

SBA uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for its size standards.  Visit the official NAICS website to find the code(s) that apply to your industry, then use our Size Standards Tool  to determine if your business qualifies.

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

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