I always wondered about what exactly the small businesses contribute to the US economy - not in terms of percentage of GDP, but what does they actually 'produce'. I dont consider your corner gas station, restaurant, grocery store, etc. as 'producing' anything. They are service companies that takes your money, passes on to some body else and produce nothing of value. They'll struggle in today's market and cannot get us out of this recession soon-to-become depression. Only thing that can get us out of this depression is innovation. What percentage of small companies innovate and contribute to our society and how many are just retail shops and law firms ?