Tourism is the primary source of income for tens of thousands of small businesses.

When it comes to iconic small business tourism-related imagery, there is nothing more All-American than the bed and breakfast, leaf-peeping trek across New England. For some parts of New England, early- to mid-October is peak season. (A real-time foliage map is available on NewEngland.com.)

Estimates of $3 to $5 billion in travel-related spending is generated by Autumn tourists visiting New England. And while there are large retailers and hospitality chains that have branded themselves with New England imagery (Yankee Candle company and Hampton Inn, for example), the small New England inns, pubs and pumpkin patches are still thriving–especially this time of year.