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  • skye2013

    If you ask me about five small business around my community in Beijing, they are 7-11, bakery, restaurants, shopping mall, clothes store.

  • Lisa Rau Cannon

    Independently-owned small businesses exemplify the *American Dream.* Among my biggest role models are those who risked secure employment to work for themselves. My dad is one of them. He spend decades working for a large company that kept getting bought out by larger companies and cutting budgets, and one day he took the plunge and quit his job. It took almost a year of living off savings, but he finally realized his own American Dream: he now owns a small, local business-to-business office supply company (a smaller, cozier version of Dunder Mifflin). His staff are like family, so customer service freaking rocks. Of course, he competes with Staples and Office Depot every day, but his clients are loyal. They know the sales people by name. Clients respect that his company is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and that the company is active in community events. That's what America is about -- coming together and building our own successes based on our own volition. Building relationships in a free-market economy. So yes, support folks in local business! Many can be found all over L.A., especially on the east side.

  • Chad Calcagno

    I love this and I do feel small businesses are the backbone of America. But does anyone else feel that at under 500 employees seems a little high for "small" bussinesses? Or is it just me

    • Michael Farran

      I guess the question would be, what would you consider them if not technically a "small business"? They're pretty small to a company like Johnson & Johnson with over 117,000 employees or the company I work for ThyssenKrupp which has over 178,000 employees. Relative to the ultra-competitive business world where giants are eating the small businesses every day, under 500 is definitely small.

    • Stuart

      I'm with you, 500 employees seems like a lot to be a small business...To me a small business is the bakery down the street my neighbors own and work in and they have no other employees but themselves.

      So let me pose this question... if you own a franchise of McDonalds and you own 4 stores and have less that 500 employees... way less, is that considered a small business?

  • Chelsea Spann

    Love this. I have an affinity for small businesses. I do what I can to support the mom and pop market down the street or the new restaurant doing what it can to create incentives for new business. I think they're more personal - they also have more to lose and they want to develop the relationships that a lot of larget businesses are missing. Pretty cool visualization.