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Mom and Pops Businesses

Tuesday, March 29th. While many communities often welcome the opening of a major department store or a branch of a big-box chain, they are also the cause of some concern.

Small local businesses face greater competition and more vulnerability in shutdowns, yet those small businesses are an outsized engine of economic growth. Additionally, they are important distinguishing features in local communities. That's why today is Mom and Pop Business Owners Day.

Nationally, there are around 7.9 million business establishments, employing 131 million people. Over half — 3.76 million — have 5 or fewer employees, for a total of almost 6 million workers and owners. Additionally, there are 26.5 million individual proprietorships or non-employer establishments nationwide.

Profile America is in its 25th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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