For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of owning my own business. The idea for START UP came at a particularly low point in my corporate career. The giant media company I was working for had laid off 85% of my co-workers, and I realized that I would never have the kind of security that I wanted by working for someone else. However, I had no idea how to start a business. I wondered how people were able to do things like lease space, get a loan and essentially create something out of nothing. I thought that maybe if I heard the stories directly from the people who have done it successfully, maybe it would give me the confidence to start my own business, and essentially control my own destiny. Outside of a small commercial and documentary production company, ironically, START UP was my first truly successful start up. I have since opened a multi-media production facility and have started several other small businesses. Without the insight of other successful entrepreneurs, I certainly wouldn't be writing this today.
I believe that this is the age of the entrepreneur, and as job security has increasingly become a thing of the past, we have no choice but to become self-reliant. Small business is the foundation of growth in America, and it truly starts with one person, with one vision.
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