"Three people go to a cocktail party in Chicago, and one ends up with a new job. Three people go to a cocktail party in California, and two end up starting a new company."

Rodney L. Goldstein, general partner, Frontenac Venture Co., Chicago.

"They [small businesses] are vital, to be sure, but essentially they service an economy; they do not create new money within their area and they are dependent ultimately on the business and agriculture that does."

The Organization man, by William H. Whyte Jr.