SBA has established numerical definitions of small businesses, or "size standards," for all for-profit industries. … These size standards are used to determine eligibility for SBA's financial assistance and to its other programs, as well as to Federal government procurement programs designed to help small businesses.

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.

To be a small business, you must adhere to industry size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration. … In addition, SBA defines a U.S. small business as a concern that: … In determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary to reflect industry differences, such as size standards.

Small business size standards define the largest that a business concern, together with its affiliates, may be and yet qualify as a small business concern for SBA and most other federal programs. SBA has established two widely used size standards – 500 employees for most manufacturing and mining industries and $7.5 …

Sep 20, 2012 – Under the current SBA definition of a small business, you could have 1,500 employees and still be considered small. ( Photo credit: Wikipedia) According to the United States Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy, 99.7 percent of all U.S. firms are small businesses.