Small-business owners have a taste for adventure. They have to: Pursuing risks that don’t guarantee rewards can be something of an extreme sport, capitalist division. That said, the storytellers below didn’t pursue risk for risk’s sake. They saw smart opportunities and their risks were calculated—whether the chance taken was starting a business from scratch, expanding a product line, improving processes and work flow, grasping an idea that no one else seemed to see, or simply pushing themselves to provide a product or service better than anyone else. They also persevered through countless surprises and setbacks—one faced flood and wind powerful enough to daunt almost anyone. These 10 tales offer lessons learned, and inspiration. Share the adventure.
Click the links below to read about this year's Small Business Success Stories.