The shopping center is home to more than 100 unique stores, half of which are locally-owned, mom-and-pop shops
. Additionally, it features 20 restaurants and a movie theater.
The Web site of Rockville, Maryland-based consulting firm Mercury Partners offers articles such as "Points to Consider Before Raising Capital," "Five Business Plan Mistakes: How to Avoid Them" and "Understanding Cash Flow." This site also includes links to the Small Business Administration's home page and other Web stops of interest to mom-and-pop shops
Nearly all businesses, from mom-and-pop shops
to utilities, interact with banks in cyberspace.
Ranging in size from major retailers to mom-and-pop shops
, customers use a credit card to purchase from distributors.
Many distribs blame the four-year decline in rentals -- a slumping economy notwithstanding -- on the outdated mom-and-pop shops that still account for 90% of the nation's estimated 16,000 video rental arenas.
According to Yoo, mom-and-pop shops participating in the Supercomm test have been caught underreporting sales.
Some are mom-and-pop shops
operating out of garage-sized spaces, but Portugal also boasts some of the largest toolmakers in the world.
Instead, Microsoft is focusing on simplicity to bring aboard the mom-and-pop shops
. They face an infrastructure challenge, Santillan says.
But growth hasn't squeezed out the mom-and-pop shops
. Offering convenience and speed--and fighting hard to keep costs down--they have been able to keep their heads above water, and even thrive, in the midst of giants.