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The Definition of a Creative Business

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by U.S. 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 following NAICS codes describe businesses engaged in the inputs, production, and distribution of creative products relevant to the definition of Creative Businesses used in this research. Businesses engaged primarily in facilities development, construction, and real estate for artists, designers, makers including those using technology would be classified as Creative Places.

If you identify as one of the creative businesses below, you are a part of CLTRE


By joining CLTRE, you gain access to an extensive range of resources, connections, and expertise specifically tailored to the needs of the creative industry. Collaborate with fellow visionaries, exchange innovative ideas, and explore exciting opportunities for collaboration that can propel your business to new heights.

Sugar and Confectionary Product Manufacturing, Dairy Product Manufacturing, and Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing

311340 Non-chocolate Confectionery Manufacturing

311351 Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from Cacao Beans

311352 Confectionery Manufacturing from Purchased Chocolate

311520 Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Manufacturing

311811 Retail Bakeries

311812 Commercial Bakeries

311813 Frozen Cakes, Pies, and Other Pastries Manufacturing

311821 Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing


Other Food Manufacturing

311919 Other Snack Food Manufacturing

311941 Mayonnaise, Dressing, and Other Prepared Sauce Manufacturing


Sauce Manufacturing

311991 Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing


Beverage Manufacturing

312120 Breweries

312130 Wineries

312140 Distilleries

Apparel Manufacturing and Leather and Applied Product Manufacturing

315210 Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors

315220 Men’s and Boys’ Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing

315240 Women’s, Girls’, and Infants’ Cut and Sew

315280 Other Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing

315990 Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing

316110 Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing

316210 Footwear Manufacturing

316992 Women’s Handbag and Purse Manufacturing

316998 All Other Leather Good and Allied Product Manufacturing


Paper Manufacturing and Printing and Related Supporting Activities

322230 Stationery Product Manufacturing

323111 Commercial Printing (except Screen and Books)

323113 Commercial Screen Printing

323117 Books Printing

323120 Support Activities for Printing


Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing

327110 Pottery, Ceramics, and Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing


Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing and Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing

332323 Ornamental and Architectural Metal Work Manufacturing

337110 Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing

337121 Upholstered Household Furniture Manufacturing

337122 Non-upholstered Wood Household Furniture Manufacturing

337124 Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing

337125 Household Furniture (except Wood and Metal) Manufacturing

337127 Institutional Furniture Manufacturing

337211 Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing

337212 Custom Architectural Woodwork and Millwork Manufacturing

337214 Office Furniture (except Wood) Manufacturing

337215 Showcase, Partition, Shelving, and Locker Manufacturing


Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

339910 Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing

339930 Doll, Toy, and Game Manufacturing

339950 Sign Manufacturing

339992 Musical Instrument Manufacturing

Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers and Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

423210 Furniture Merchant Wholesalers

423220 Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers

423410 Photographic Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

423920 Toy and Hobby Goods and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

423940 Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Merchant Wholesalers

423990 Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods


Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods

424120 Stationery and Office Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

424320 Men’s and Boys’ Clothing and Furnishings Merchant Wholesalers

424330 Women’s, Children’s, and Infants’ Clothing and Accessories Merchant Wholesalers

424340 Footwear Merchant Wholesalers

424920 Book, Periodical, and Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers


Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

442110 Furniture Stores

442210 Floor Covering Stores

442291 Window Treatment Stores

442299 All Other Home Furnishings Stores


Food and Beverage Stores

445291 Baked Goods Stores

445292 Confectionery and Nut Stores

445299 All Other Specialty Food Stores


Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

448110 Men’s Clothing Stores

448120 Women’s Clothing Stores

448130 Children’s and Infants’ Clothing Stores

448140 Family Clothing Stores

448150 Clothing Accessories Stores

448190 Other Clothing Stores

448210 Shoe Stores

448310 Jewelry Stores

448320 Luggage and Leather Goods Stores


Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores; General Merchandise Stores; and Miscellaneous Store Retailers

451120 Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores

451140 Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores

451211 Book Stores

451212 News Dealers and Newsstands

452319 All Other General Merchandise Stores

453220 Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores

453920 Art Dealers


Publishing Industries (except Internet)

511110 Newspaper Publishers

511120 Periodical Publishers

511130 Book Publishers

511191 Greeting Card Publishers

511199 All Other Publishers

511210 Software Publishers


Motion Picture and Video Industries

512110 Motion Picture and Video Production

512120 Motion Picture and Video Distribution

512131 Motion Picture Theaters (except Drive-Ins)

512132 Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters

512191 Tele-production and Other Postproduction Services

512199 Other Motion Picture and Video Industries


Sound Recording Industries

512230 Music Publishers

512240 Sound Recording Studios

512250 Record Production and Distribution

512290 Other Sound Recording Industries


Broadcasting (except Internet)

515111 Radio Networks

515112 Radio Stations

515120 Television Broadcasting

515210 Cable and Other Subscription Programming


Other Information Services

519110 News Syndicates

519120 Libraries and Archives

519130 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals


Consumer Goods Rental

532281 Formal Wear and Costume Rental

532282 Video Tape and Disc Rental


Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services and Specialized Design Services

541310 Architectural Services

541320 Landscape Architectural Services

541330 Engineering Services

541340 Drafting Services

541410 Interior Design Services

541420 Industrial Design Services

541430 Graphic Design Services

541490 Other Specialized Design Services


Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

541810 Advertising Agencies

541820 Public Relations Agencies

541830 Media Buying Agencies

541840 Media Representatives

541850 Display advertising

541860 Direct mail advertising

541890 Other services related to advertising


Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

541921 Photography Studios, Portrait

541922 Commercial Photography


Other Schools and Instruction

611610 Fine Arts Schools


Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries and Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions

711110 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters

711120 Dance Companies

711130 Musical Groups and Artists

711190 Other Performing Arts Companies

711310 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities

711320 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities

711410 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and

Other Public Figures

711510 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

712110 Museums

712120 Historical Sites


Food Services and Drinking Places

722310 Food Service Contractors

722320 Caterers

722330 Mobile Food Services

722410 Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)

722511 Full-Service Restaurants

722513 Limited-Service Restaurants

722514 Cafeterias, Grill Buffets, and Buffets

722515 Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars Merchant Wholesalers


Personal Care Services

812111 Barber Shops

812112 Beauty Salons

812113 Nail Salons



812921 Photofinishing Laboratories (except One-Hour)

812922 One-Hour Photofinishing

At CLTRE, we understand the unique challenges and limitless possibilities that creative businesses encounter. We foster a supportive community that values growth, nurtures talent, and embraces the ever-evolving landscape of creativity. Together, we can redefine what it means to be a successful creative entrepreneur. 

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