U.S. Government Small Business Class Definitions & Notices

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) establishes small business size standards on an industry-by-industry basis. Small business size standards matched to industry NAICS codes are published by the SBA.

Please confirm your business meets the criteria in the following definitions before identifying as one of these small business concerns in the supplier registration process.
 

Definitions from FAR 2.101

  • Small business concern

    “Small business concern” means a concern, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on Government contracts, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR part 121 (see 19.102). Such a concern is “not dominant in its field of operation” when it does not exercise a controlling or major influence on a national basis in a kind of business activity in which a number of business concerns are primarily engaged. In determining whether dominance exists, consideration must be given to all appropriate factors, including volume of business, number of employees, financial resources, competitive status or position, ownership or control of materials, processes, patents, license agreements, facilities, sales territory, and nature of business activity. (See 15 U.S.C. 632.)

  • Veteran-owned small business concern

    “Veteran-owned small business concern” means a small business concern:

    (1) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2)) or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and

    (2) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.

  • Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern

    “Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern":

    (1) Means a small business concern:

    (i) Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and

    (ii) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.

    (2) Service-disabled veteran means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16).

  • HUBZone small business concern

    “HUBZone small business concern” means a small business concern, certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA), that appears on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the Small Business Administration (13 CFR 126.103).

  • Small disadvantaged business concern

    “Small disadvantaged business concern” consistent with 13 CFR 124.1002, means a small business concern under the size standard applicable to the acquisition, that:

    (1) Is at least 51 percent unconditionally and directly owned (as defined at 13 CFR 124.105) by:

    (i) One or more socially disadvantaged (as defined at 13 CFR 124.103) and economically disadvantaged (as defined at 13 CFR 124.104) individuals who are citizens of the United States; and

    (ii) Each individual claiming economic disadvantage has a net worth not exceeding $750,000 after taking into account the applicable exclusions set forth at 13 CFR 124.104(c)(2); and

    (2) The management and daily business operations of which are controlled (as defined at 13 CFR 124.106) by individuals who meet the criteria in paragraphs (1)(i) and (ii) of this definition.

  • Women-owned small business concern

    “Women-owned small business concern” means:

    (1) A small business concern:

    (i) That is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and

    (ii) Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women; or

    (2) A small business concern eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business Program in accordance with 13 CFR part 127 (see subpart 19.15).

  • Historically black college or university

    “Historically black college or university” means an institution determined by the Secretary of Education to meet the requirements of 34 CFR 608.2.

  • Minority Institution

    “Minority Institution” means an institution of higher education meeting the requirements of Section 365(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067k), including a Hispanic-serving institution of higher education, as defined in Section 502(a) of the Act (20 U.S.C. 1101a).

  • Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)

    “Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)” means any Regional Corporation, Village Corporation, Urban Corporation, or Group Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska in accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1601, et seq.) and which is considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern under the criteria at 43 U.S.C. 1626(e)(1). This definition also includes ANC direct and indirect subsidiary corporations, joint ventures, and partnerships that meet the requirements of 43 U.S.C. 1626(e)(2).

  • Indian tribe

    “Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, group, pueblo, or community, including native villages and native groups (including corporations organized by Kenai, Juneau, Sitka, and Kodiak) as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C.A. 1601 et seq.), that is recognized by the Federal Government as eligible for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in accordance with 25 U.S.C. 1452(c). This definition also includes Indian-owned economic enterprises that meet the requirements of 25 U.S.C. 1452(e).


Note: By entering your organization’s small business information into the Charles River supplier portal, the vendor certifies, under penalty of law, the representations therein are accurate, current, and complete. The vendor further certifies it will notify the Charles River Procurement Office of any changes to these representations. These representations concern matters within the jurisdiction of an agency of the United States (US) government, and the making of a false, fictitious, or fraudulent representation may render the maker subject to prosecution under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.