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Never Say Never

From engineer to entrepreneur--who would have thought?

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This story appears in the March 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The entrepreneurial bug didn't bite Renee Quinn until after she had managed to secure a successful career and an MBA. As an engineer who showed hospital CEOs where they could downsize, she often left work feeling depressed and guilt-ridden.

In 1996, Quinn decided to quit her job and return to business school, though she had no idea what she ultimately wanted to do. An ad for The Little Gym--a center that offers recreational gymnastics, karate and sports-skill development for children--caught her eye, but she had way too many reservations about entrepreneurship. "All my life I said I would never own my own business," says Quinn, 31. "I've lived with men who have experienced the stress of owning a business. I've seen what it's like."

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