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SBA Revises Small Biz Size Standards


In an effort to have more companies qualify for its loan programs, the Small Business Administration (SBA) made a proposal yesterday to increase size standards for small businesses in the wholesale and retail markets. If the proposal is adopted, the SBA estimates that about 4,000 more U.S. companies would become eligible for the agency’s loan programs.

In a statement announcing the new standards, the SBA pointed to changes in the business conditions as the impetus for the new proposal. “The proposed size standards would define the maximum number of employees a firm in these industries could have and still be a small business,” said the SBA. “The proposed revisions reflect changes in marketplace conditions.”

While both industry suppliers and distributors could technically be classified under either the wholesale or retail sectors, companies should view the size standards and SBA methodology by going to the organization’s website here:

Before the proposal can be passed, the SBA is accepting comments about it. Interested parties can submit comments to the SBA at by July 18. After that date, the agency expects to have a vote to pass the proposal and put it into effect. Under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the SBA plans to continue its comprehensive review of all size standards for U.S. companies for the next several years.

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