Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy, including here in the Concho Valley. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more that 27 million small businesses across the country. Concho Valley local business owners say having a Mom and Pop business is rewarding, because they have the chance to get to know their customers from one generation to the next. They also say it isn’t hard to compete with corporate businesses as long as they keep giving great customer service. Concho Valley local business owners say although there are some daily hardships they go through having a local business, the rewarding outcomes they gain outweigh them.