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Are the terms “private sector” and “commercial sector” interchangeable when referring to non-government clients? Is one term preferred over the other / is there a distinction between them? TIA (my research thus far points to them being interchangeable, but curious what others think about this / what term(s) you use)

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Synonymous, at least based on my experience working/living in DC. No one in consulting firms refer to non-government work as "private sector" but simply as "commercial"

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Both are interchangeable, but outside of gov contracting, clients are usually referred to by industry / sector, not as a blanket “non government” synonym. I live in the DC area and wince every time I hear someone refer to my work/clients as “commercial” which I roughly translate to: “I work 100% in government and have no idea how actual businesses / markets operate”.

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I’d broadly describe specific sectors your firm works in or your people have experience in. Big logos always help if you have permission.

We usually say govt and commercial

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Usually we put non-profits in with commercial, whether that makes sense or not...

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You could split hairs over whether work with non profits should be considered “private sector” but not “commercial”. But to some extent, language means what you want it to mean.

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It can be "commercial," but most non-profits can't afford consulting services, anyways. Int'l agencies are also thrown in with "fed" work also, which is nonsensical. Why so serious, when you can be bonkers? 🤡

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