April 23, 2007

News & Opinion: This Week: National Small Business Week

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:17 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This week is National Small Business Week. We are going to highlight some books for those out there is the small business world and those who want to be.

I figured we should start with the definition of a small business. This is from the Small Business Administration website:

A Small Business is one that:
  • is organized for profit;
  • has a place of business in the United States;
  • makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy by paying taxes or using American products, materials or labor; and,
  • does not exceed the numerical size standard for its industry.

    The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal form.

    SBA has several general Size Standards. A business in one of the following industry groups is small if it is not greater than the size standard indicated.
    Industry Group Size Standard
    Manufacturing 500 employees
    Wholesale Trade 100 employees
    Agriculture $750,000
    Retail Trade $6.5 million
    General & Heavy Construction (except Dredging) $31 million
    Dredging $18.5 million
    Special Trade Contractors $13 million
    Travel Agencies $3.5 million (commissions & other income)
    Business and Personal Services Except: $6.5 million
    >Architectural, Engineering, Surveying, and Mapping Services $4.5 million
    >Dry Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning Services$4.5 million

Now that you know where you stand, we can move onto the books.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.