Restaurants

The discovery of germs lead to understanding the link between health and hygiene, which resulted in a greater emphasis being placed on cleanliness. This led to the rise of two popular hamburger chains—White Castle and White Tower. Their all-white interiors were meant to reassure customers that their food was prepared in a safe, modern, sterile environment.

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Restaurants

With 150 million meals served per day at restaurants, the restaurant industry has become more regulated to improve cleanliness and reduce food-borne illnesses. Many health departments, from New York City to Los Angeles, are now requiring restaurants to publically display their letter grades from their health inspections to help inform customers about a restaurant’s sanitary condition. In 2010, the annual average expenditure for food away from home for Americans was $2,505, including $37 per week spent on going out to lunch.

Auto Repair Shops

In the early 1900s, cars were not yet mass produced. In fact, many automobiles still had wooden parts that had to be custom made by teams of skilled craftsmen using common woodworking tools.

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Auto Repair Shops

With over a century of mass auto manufacturing behind us, there are more cars on the road than ever before, and more auto body repair shops are needed to fix them. In 2011, nearly 12 million vehicles were repaired in the approximately 45,000 auto body shops in the U.S.

Retail Shops

The early 20th century saw the rise of the very first fashionistas. The must-have styles for women at the time were the ‘Belle Époque’—a complex outfit with an hourglass shape—and the S-bend silhouette, which used an S-bend corset—all designed to accentuate women’s figures.

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Retail Shops

These days, fashion makes for big business. The U.S. retail clothing industry includes about 100,000 stores with a combined annual revenue of approximately $150 billion. Trends for the upcoming seasons are debuted each fall and spring at Fashion Week events in New York City, Milan and Paris.

Hair Salons

“Could I get a shave and a haircut…and could you fix my back?” In the early 20th century, barbers’ unions imposed scientific standards to the profession. This included the use of chemistry, biology, anatomy and the study of chiropractics for anyone who wanted to be a licensed barber.

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Hair Salons

Hair keeps growing, and so does the hair styling industry. Unlike in the past, hair stylists’ main focus is hair alone, not other services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 712,200 barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists in the U.S. (2010).

Dry Cleaners

The modern dry cleaning industry was created by accident. Literally. The first dry cleaning solvent was kerosene, the cleaning power of which was discovered when someone knocked over a lamp onto a stained tablecloth. Gasoline-based solvents were used until the 1920s, when the first chlorine-based solvent was used.

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Dry Cleaners

The dry cleaning industry is now helping Americans keep not only their shirts clean, but the environment as well. Many of the 40,000 dry cleaners in the U.S. are implementing new environmentally friendly cleaning methods that are less dependent on potentially dangerous chemicals.

Medical Offices

Cutting edge medicine? Not by today’s standards. In the early 20th century, surgery wasn’t yet the advanced, technologically driven field we know today. In 1913, the American College of Surgeons was founded, which ensured the skills and knowledge base of those who were practicing in the surgical field.

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Medical Offices

Surgery is now a highly regulated field. Each year, over 48 million surgical procedures are performed by 135,854 surgeons in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers in the United States.

Education

Schools weren’t originally free to all, or provided by the state. It wasn’t until the late 1700’s that states began requiring free public education for families that could not afford to pay for education. The idea that education is a state function is rooted in the colonial days.

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Education

Schools are a critical part of growing up in the U.S. as all states require children to attend school to prepare them for living and competing in the modern fast-paced domestic and global market places. New technologies have led to innovative ways to educate everyone.

Clerical

In the early 20th century, the workplace was pretty much a boys’ club, especially in professional industries. Only about 19% of women of working age were a part of the labor force, with most holding agriculture or clerical jobs.

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Clerical

Today, women make up over 47% of the total labor force and they hold the Chief Executive Officer position at an increasing number of notable Fortune 500 companies.

Warehouse

With the industrial revolution came the need to store more goods that were being manufactured, and thus warehouses expanded and grew to accommodate the output from the factories.

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Warehouse

Warehouses are a critical industry that we all use, at least indirectly. The storage of goods is important in importing and exporting, for manufactures as well as for wholesalers and retailers. They are an integral part of finished and raw goods.

Machine Shops

America has been on the forefront of the machine shop industry since our founding. Crafting metal into tools and parts and pieces, it’s a core strength that has helped America grow its industries. Drilling, milling, grinding, cutting and turning were the main methods used.

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Machine Shops

The concept is the same, but with great strides in new technology comes more advanced methods. Water jet cutting, laser cutting, electro chemical erosion, and electrical discharge machining are newer methods used in the modern machine shop.

Grocery Stores

It wasn’t until the 1920s that grocery store chains started to pop up around the country. Before that, goods were mostly purchased through independent specialty vendors like butchers, bakers, and produce vendors. Following the success of grocery stores, the supermarket was established in the 1930s where goods like food, clothing, and household items were all sold in a single store.

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Grocery Stores

Grocery stores are all around us, usually near our homes, places of work, and along major roadways. Today we even have super supermarkets with electronics, furniture, and hardware. American’s also have access to grocery outlets.

America’s Small Businesses

Small businesses in America have been around for hundreds of years and continue to evolve each day. From soda shops to markets, diners to hardware stores, bakeries to offices, America was the land of opportunity.

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America’s Small Businesses

America is still the land of opportunity. From bike shops to veterinarians, dry cleaners to jewelry stores, doctors' offices to machine shops, America is still a country of diverse people doing unique things, and EMPLOYERS remains focused on keeping America’s Main Street businesses not only working, but working safely.