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The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
The Standard Industrial Classification was replaced by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) starting in 1997, but several data sets are still available with SIC-based data. Both SIC and NAICS classify establishments by their primary type of activity.
NAICS industries are identified by a 6-digit code, in contrast to the 4-digit SIC code. The longer code accommodates the larger number of sectors and allows more flexibility in designating subsectors. It also provides for additional detail not necessarily appropriate for all three NAICS countries. The international NAICS agreement fixes only the first five digits of the code. The sixth digit, where used, identifies subdivisions of NAICS industries that accommodate user needs in individual countries. Thus, 6-digit U.S. codes may differ from counterparts in Canada or Mexico, but at the 5-digit level they are standardized.
The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is not an official legal edition of the CFR. The e-CFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office. The OFR updates the material in the e-CFR on a daily basis. The current update status appears at the top of all e-CFR web pages.
The types of regulations that can be found on this site include Proposed Rules and Rules, as well as Notices from the Federal Register. Documents such as Public Comments and Supporting and Related Materials are often associated with these regulations, and can also be found on this site.
In 2018, the Department of State launched the Rhode Island Code of Regulations, an online, uniform code of all proposed and final regulations filed by state agencies, boards and commissions under the state's Administrative Procedures Act. It represents a comprehensive effort to make government - and government processes - more transparent, accessible, and efficient.
On this page you will find a lot of information, some of which can be quite dense.
I've broken the industry research into (hopefully) digestable chunks using your assignment as guidance. In the top center box you will see links to pages that will help you identify the industry code that best matches your small business. There is a tutorial on the far left side of the screen that will walk you through the research, step by step.
In the second box you will find links to pages that will help you find regulations on your industry. There is also a tutorial on the far left side of the screento walk you through the research, step by step.