Frequently Asked Questions


What is a NAICS Code?

 The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifies business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. economy. The NAICS industry codes define an establishment based on the activities in which it is primarily engaged; is production oriented (not product oriented); and categorizes businesses with others that have similar methods of production. NAICS codes are also used for administrative, contracting, and tax purposes.

Why do I need a NAICS Code?

 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) uses NAICS Codes as a basis for its size standards. When the federal government intends to acquire goods or services, it identifies the NAICS code that describes the principal purpose of that procurement, and it includes this information in its solicitations and requests for quotes/proposals. 

What is a CAGE code?

 The Commercial and Government Entity Code, or CAGE Code, is a unique identifier assigned to suppliers to various government or defense agencies, as well as to government agencies themselves and various organizations. CAGE codes provide a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. 

What are set aside programs?

 Set-aside contracts for small businesses. To help provide a level playing field for small businesses, the government limits competition for certain contracts to small businesses. Those contracts are called “small business set-asides,” and they help small businesses compete for and win federal contracts.   Watch the movie, "WAR DOGS"!!!!