The Little Engines of Growth

Small firms struggle with a plague of tough problems

Much of the business of America is small business. Some 55% of the U.S. labor force is employed by companies with fewer than 100 workers. During the past decade, two-thirds of all new jobs were created by such firms. TIME reporters recently visited several small businesses around the U.S. to learn how they are dealing with problems of energy, inflation and high interest rates. Reports on four firms:

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