Small Business

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Small Business

A type of enterprise that is independently owned and operated, has few employees, does a small amount of business, and is not predominant in its area of operation.


Sole Proprietorship.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Those mom-and-pop stores must not have been particularly good for consumers either, because when they had a chance to vote with their dollars, Wal-Mart won.
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The deal also sent shares of Future Retail sharply higher, as investors bet it would improve its growth prospects as Indian shoppers increasingly switch from buying groceries at mom-and-pop stores to bigger supermarkets such as Hypercity.
It kills mom-and-pop stores versus it was a morn-and-pop store that just had a better idea.