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On Hire Ground

A look at how entrepreneurs affected the economy last year

This story appears in the February 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

For Ronny Bell, 2007 was a year to catch his breath and absorb the effects of a big move and a major capacity expansion at Pioneer Organics Inc., his 60-employee Seattle-based food delivery service.

Meanwhile, the year urged its previous swell of strong fundamental growth for Patrick Kruse's 17-employee Bend, Oregon-based pet products business, Ruff Wear. For both entrepreneurs, 2007 meant active hiring: Bell added 15 people, and Kruse added four.

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