Small Business


Small Business
There is no formal certification for small businesses. Rather, a business that is at or below the Size Standard for the NAICS code associated with a procurement can self-certify as a Small Business for that procurement. The Size Standards for each NAICS code can be found at Each Size Standard is based on either average annual receipts or average employment.

For Size Standards that are based upon yearly average receipts, yearly average annual receipts are calculated based on the total receipts over the last 5 years.

For Size Standards based upon the average employment, an average number of employees is calculated based upon numbers of employees for each of the pay periods for the preceding completed 12 calendar months.

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OBSDU)
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is an advocacy and advisory office at each federal agency responsible for promoting the use of small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and HUBZone small businesses in the acquisition process.

The Department of Defense maintains a contact list for their Small Business Offices.  It is also possible to locate an OBSDU office within an agency of interest at

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