If you close your eyes and imagine a typical American small business, what do you see? A little sandwich shop down the street? A convenience store? A neighborhood daycare business? Perhaps a home-based consultant or an Internet start-up? Or even something like the mom-and-pop clothing store my parents ran when I was a kid?
Fine examples, all. But if you're in Washington, and you work at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, the odds are just as good that you're imagining a 1,500-employee chemical plant, or a 1,000-person petroleum refinery.
Mom and pop, indeed.