Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type



Moore School of Business

Director of Thesis

Dr. David Hudgens

First Reader

Dr. Nancy Buchan

Second Reader

Dr. Nancy Buchan


This paper seeks to address and prove the role small businesses play in the makeup of the American economy and culture. Through an analysis of key economic measures such as GDP, employment, and international trade it is made clear that small businesses contribute substantially to both the domestic and global economies. An exploration into the history of small businesses in America as well as the current small business landscape is conducted to solidify the idea that small business is built into the culture of the United States. Interviews were conducted with current small business owners in differing industries and personal experience is drawn upon to develop insight into why small businesses are so crucial to America as well as what needs to be done to ensure their success in the future.

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