March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. These individuals spend countless hours growing their enterprises. The workload demands and lack of a hired staff often translate into long hours and missed family or personal events. These businesses have always been a vital part of our economy and make our communities unique. No two cities have the same network of these small companies and local Mom and Pop retailers bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. You are more likely to get a real live person when you call. This group knows their products and are outstanding performers in niche markets. Local manufacturers create new products from their ideas and concepts. Locally owned businesses support our community and give back more than their chain counterparts. Many times, the business is generational. Let’s celebrate this special holiday and show our support by shopping their stores.