All eyes are focused on Wall Street and the credit crunch. People who have never thought seriously about the stock market are tuning in with each closing bell. But they’d worry a lot less if they shifted their attention to Main Street, where the greatest engine of the nation’s economy—small business—is calmly and consistently doing what it does best: opening the doors and serving customers.Nearly 27 million American small businesses are in operation today, according to the U.S. Small ...

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