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North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

September 25, 2013

Veteran and service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses listed as verified in the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) must qualify as small business concerns in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  According to 13 CFR § 121.101(a), “[s]ize standards have been established for types of economic activity, or industry, generally under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).” Verified companies may list more than one NAICS Code on their Vendor Information Pages (VIP) profiles.  However, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), requires that verified companies list only those NAICS Codes in which they are small.

A “small business concern” means a concern, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operations in which it is bidding on Government contracts, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in Title 13 , Code of Federal Regulations, part 121 (13 CFR 121).  48 CFR § 2.101.

A full table listing each NAICS Code may be found at

The United States Small Business Association (SBA) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 90 01 4, Effective June 17, 2009, Size Determination Program and Review of Size Standards, Chapter 5, Paragraphs 3 and 4 provides guidance on calculating average annual receipts and number of employees.

If any non-conforming NAICS Codes are not removed, CVE may request the SBA to conduct a formal Size Determination, and may also initiate debarment and/or cancellation proceedings against the company.  If you need more information about this matter, please contact a certified Verification Counselor or call the CVE Help Desk at (888) 596-4357.

Protecting the Veteran advantage includes ensuring that only Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses are listed in the VetBiz VIP database.

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