A project that is near and dear to our founder’s heart, Adan Garay dedicates the Mom And Pop Association to his own parents. Owners of many small businesses over the years, after seeing them struggle and suffer, he decided it was time to make a change.
Growing up, Adan’s parents started a retail store that they owned and operated for about 15 years. However, they began to lose clients to big-box retailers such as BIG 5 and Sporting Goods. Then, Amazon became mainstream. From there, even the big sporting goods stores struggled. In the end, their business on Main St. was forced to close its doors.
Luckily, seeing the fate of their retail store, his parents strategically opened a mom-and-pop tax preparation business. It seemed as one door closed another opened. Business boomed for many years, but, like the last, thanks to H&R Block and TurboTax, again they were close to being forced to shut down business.
Stories like this plagued our founder’s hometown. Pizza places are being bought out by Little Caesars. Grocery stores are being replaced by Family Dollar. Beyond the fond memories of a locally owned business, the devastation reflected in the jobs his family and friends were now forced to take.
As an adult, Adan felt frustrated with his community. Where has the American dream gone? So, he began to listen to politicians who would advocate for small businesses. However, he soon learned that these same politicians had deep pockets with large corporations and they would never really do anything for the little ones.
With that, he set out on a journey to make the Mom And Pop Association a reality. A small beacon of hope for the future.
Adan has since been helping small businesses and start ups learn how to continue to grow their business by maximizing operational efficiencies and directing them to a path of success. He is on a mission to help prove that small businesses can succeed in today’s society with a bit of direction from the Mom And Pop Association (MAPA).
At MAPA, we are passionate about small businesses. MAPA is the leading contributor to the advancement and longevity of mom and pop shops through promotion, resources, and advocacy! We are the #1 resource for mom and pop shops. We are a member-driven, not-for-profit organization that promotes small businesses to achieve growth and success.
MAPA aims to build a community that highly supports small businesses, and envisions taking back the market-share from large corporations. Together, our voice is louder.