In the age of big-box stores and multi-national conglomerates, it’s easy to get nostalgic for the bygone days spent at your local Main Street business. Maybe you even dream of starting your own business inspired by the times when people went shopping at the neighborhood market, buying shoes from the local cobbler, or stopping at the mom-and-pop diner down the street for a burger and a slice of pie.

Those were the days, right?

As it turns out, those good old days are still happening today!

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration‘s small business profiles, businesses with fewer than 500 employees and generating less than $7 million in revenue still account for 99.9% of all U.S. businesses. That’s an overwhelming portion of the economy.

What’s more, Main Street businesses make up about two-thirds of the businesses in the country and employ up to 24 million people, according to the SBA.

Main Street might not look exactly…

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