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It's back to square one for the SBA and its small-business size standards.

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This story appears in the October 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The is headed back to the drawing board to make new size standards for . Each U.S. industry is assigned a size standard, which sets the maximum number of employees a firm can have and still qualify for SBA programs, exclusions from federal rules, and contracting opportunities. The SBA's first proposal for changing size standards was released in March. It would have consolidated current size standards, which are based on annual receipts, number of employees and other measures, into 10 categories based on employee numbers. (See "Capitol Issues", June 2004.)

It received a blistering critique from the SBA Office of Advocacy: "Some small businesses are concerned that adoption of the proposed size standards will force them to reduce the size of their work forces to retain their designation." The SBA withdrew the proposal.

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