Raising awareness for a cause helped this handbag-maker raise her profile.
What: Handbags made from jeans
Who: Chris Graham of Chris Graham Designs
Where: Marietta, Georgia
When: Started in 2004
Startup costs: $500
Chris Graham started her $2 million business on little more than the seat of her pants. In 2003, Graham was working as a court reporter when she decided to fashion an old pair of jeans into a bag. She gave the bag away as a gift and soon found herself fielding requests for more.
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