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It's a Small World After All

Don't let size fool you. As these entrepreneurs prove, small business is still a force to be reckoned with.

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This story appears in the May 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Let's play a game for a moment. Pretend that tomorrow, all the small businesses in the United States have disappeared.

This isn't a fun game, because if that scenario somehow happened, it would be the equivalent of the entire nation being hit by an economic nuclear bomb. Excluding government workers, roughly half the nation's employment force, not to mention a ton of entrepreneurs, would be unemployed. And good luck finding work in the near future; annually, 60 to 80 percent of new jobs are created by small businesses.

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