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SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Several Construction Industries

08-Aug-2014 to 08-Aug-2014

Prime and subcontractors that participate in the Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) or Emerging Small Business (ESB) Programs may see larger firms becoming certified. As of July 14, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) increased revenue-based size standards for numerous industries, including general and specialty construction. Because the DBE and ESB Programs use the SBA small business size standards to determine eligibility, this means many more firms may qualify or continue to be eligible for certification.

It’s been more than five years since the SBA updated the revenue size standards for small businesses. The SBA cited inflation as the reason for the adjustments. A total of 476 industrial categories have been revised and the new small business size standards range between $5.5M and $38.5M. Although the upper end is higher, the DBE Program still has a revenue size standard cap of $22.5M. 

Click here for a list of new standards for general and specialty construction.