The U.S. Department of State / Small Business Administration states:
“To be a small business, vendors must adhere to industry size standards established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) .
- Is organized for profit
- Has a place of business in the US
- Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor
- Is independently owned and operated and is not dominant in its field on a national basis
The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal form. In determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary to reflect industry differences – especially size standards.