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First Reader

Dean Bryan McKinney

Second Reader

Dr. Chris Brune

Third Reader

Dr. Johnny Wink


Small businesses take many forms: from local accounting services to clothing stores to decades old, family-owned restaurants. Small businesses have been important to our country for as long as it has existed. What started out as a collection of family farms and shop owners has evolved into the complex economic system that reaches every facet of society. Americans have always believed in hard work, perseverance, and determination as these qualities were what led to success. In this opportunistic land, ideally, if entrepreneurs have good ideas and are willing to put in the work, they can succeed in fulfilling their own American Dream. In this paper, the history and facts of small businesses will be explored first, before moving into the individual stories of local entrepreneurs.

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