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5 entrepreneurs who prove no matter what your age, no matter what your background, you've got a shot at starting a great business.

This story appears in the August 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Inspiration, in the truest sense of the word, is not something quantifiable. In its purest form, it materializes in the rich colors of a painting or in the unspoken message of a finely worded poem. Perhaps this is why it can be so difficult to find inspiration, particularly when you're an entrepreneur. When, say, you're a writer with writer's block, it's generally looked at as a temporary thing. But when you're an entrepreneurial hopeful struggling just to come up with an inkling of a business idea, it can feel like there's a black sheet wrapped around your head, with no light coming in and no light going out. But as the entrepreneurs in this article illustrate, when you do finally find a way to tear down that sheet, it can feel like the best "a-ha!" moment of your life.

For the Pampered Pet:Healthy Pet Food Store

From drinking shots of wheatgrass and loading up on multivitamins to following the carb-constricting Atkins diet, it seems we're always coming up with new ways to maintain healthy lifestyles. And we certainly don't hesitate to tell our families, friends and even our Stairmaster-faithful neighbors about the latest crazes for keeping our organs well-oiled. However, it seems that in all the calorie-counting commotion, Kent and Linda Gavel were the only ones who thought to let man's best friend in on our little secrets.

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