Here are the ten countries with the most small business professionals.
Italy -- 250,388 small business professionalsSt. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is seen illuminated at night beyond St. Angelo's bridge, from the banks of the Tiber river in Rome, Italy, on Thursday, July 5, 2012. Alessia Pierdomenico/BLOOMBERG
Locally-owned businesses are at the heart of the American economy. They create jobs, boost local economies and add vibrancy to nearby communities — and that is particularly true in the 25 cities on our list. These metropolitan areas, which range from bustling New York City to towns in central Oregon, are hotbeds for small businesses and local entrepreneurs. See where your home town ranks. (Indie City Index compiled by Civic Economics.)