Is Your Small Business a “Mom & Pop” Operation?

In a local TV (You remember TV. It’s like YouTube but with fewer channels.) interview a manufacturer referred to his dealers as “mom and pop” stores. Some retailers called the term “demeaning”.

Here’s a question for you. Is “mom and pop” a derogatory term or does it imply “down home”, “warm and fuzzy”, or other positive images?

Let me know what you think.  I’d like to hear from you whether you consider yourself “mom and pop” or not.

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2 Responses

  1. I think we have outgrown the days of Mom and Pop. It does have a negative connotation as far as I can tell.

  2. ‘Mom and Pop’ is definitely not a neutral label or description of a small business anymore. It is often demeaning, like when it is used to imply your business isn’t successful because you haven’t been bought out by a conglomerate. However, the mom and pop label can also convey very positive feelings when it is used by someone who values the things that mom and pops were traditionally known for: customer service, product knowledge, fair prices and treatment, community involvement etc.

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