Mom & Pop Business Owners Day

March 29, 2011

Today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. Rick Segal of Poinciana, Florida, is credited with the creation of the holiday that is set to celebrate small business owners. Segal originally created the holiday to honor the small business that his parents started in Everett, MA on March 29, 1939. Originally a hat shop call “Ruth’s”, it later grew into a woman’s specialty clothing store in Medford, MA that had over $2 million in revenue when it closed in 1997.

Small business owners are the backbone of America. According to the US Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7% of all employer firms and employ over half of all private sector employees. Small businesses have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years. In addition, small businesses produce 13 times more patents per employee than large firms, and their patents are twice as likely to be among the one percent most cited patents.

The enormous risk that small business owners take and the countless hours that small business owners pour into their business often result in little to no reward, yet they push on any way.

One way to celebrate the Mom & Pop Business Owner is to commit yourself to shop in their stores and eat in their restaurants on this special day.

How else do you plan to celebrate Mom & Pop Business Owner day? Let us know!