In 2004, there were approximately 24.7 million businesses in the United States, according to Office of Advocacy estimates. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates there were 29.3 million nonfarm business tax returns in 2004. From "Small Business Notes" online edition. Now I maybe over simplifying the issue but, if every one of those business owners hire just one person that will go a long way to easing the problems in this economy. What these business owners need to understand is that they must help people get back to work so this in turn will help them. Starts with the business owners we can't do it on our own!