Today we celebrate Mom and Pop business owners. Small businesses are such a vital part of our U.S. economy, and these businesses are not always appreciated for the critical role they play. There are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States, and owning your own business is a goal that many folks strive to attain. They put in long hours, hard work, and much dedication. So the next time you visit a small business, show the owners much needed appreciation. Happy National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day !