Sep 20, 2012 – There's just one problem; depending on the industry, you could have 500, 1,000 or even 1,500 employees and still be considered a "small business." In general, nearly all businesses qualify with 500 employees (see SBA chart here).

SBA has established two widely used size standards – 500 employees for most manufacturing and mining industries and $7.5 million in average annual receipts for many nonmanufacturing industries. However, there are a number of exceptions. For the size standard applicable to any North American Industry Classification …

Oct 1, 2017 – A size standard, which is usually stated in number of employees or average annual receipts, represents the largest size that a business (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) may be to remain classified as a small business for SBA and federal contracting programs. The definition of “small” varies by industry.

The Office of Advocacy defines a small business for research purposes as an independent business having fewer than 500 employees however; the SBA's Office of Size … SUSB's employer data contain the number of firms, number of establishments, employment, and annual payroll for employment size of firm categories by …

The U.S. Small Business Administration counts companies with as much as $35.5 million in sales and 1,500 employees as "small businesses", depending on the industry. Outside government, companies with less than $7 million in sales and fewer than five hundred employees are widely considered small businesses.