According to estimates by The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
If you lead an owner-managed or family business, take some time to enjoy Robert Spector's The Mom & Pop Store : How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy Are Surviving and Thriving. Spector grew up working his family's butcher shop and there gained his appreciation for hard work, dedication, long hours, persistence, and premium service. The book also offers compelling arguments for supporting small businesses; big box stores, heavy competition, and a poor economy not withstanding.
The library also holds a variety of general titles of help to folks considering a small business start-up as well as titles that speak to niche interests such as consulting, crafts, online selling, tutoring, etc.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's portal offers advice as well as a variety of services and tool kits to small business owners. Also check out SCORE, a "nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide". There are five SCORE offices located in Connecticut.