"Not only that, Danni, but the mom-and-pop operations are more likely to have management active in local affairs, sponsoring the Little League team, running for city council, active on the school board, and generally working to improve the quality of life of the community in which they had deep connections.".
Painting with too a broad of a brush is dangerous. Case in point:
Locally, Raisin Canes Chicken comes to mind. They seem to be very community oriented. From the local kids athletic programs to the ULM War Hawks. And they are always one of the first on the scene providing food during floods and other local crises. And I know one of their store managers personally. My guess is he is bring home around $100-$150K plus bonus. And then there are the Taco Bells of the world. All they do is provide entry level jobs to people with no skills. Many of whom nobody else would hire. That in it's self has tremendous value.