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The Real Deal

What's it really like to be embezzled, expand internationally, or sell your product to Target? Get the inside scoop from these entrepreneurs on the ultimate highs (and lows) of business ownership.

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This story appears in the September 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Admit it--you're curious. Like the irresistible urge to gawk at tabloid TV or read a gossipy celebrity story in People magazine, you can't get enough intimate details of what other people have gone through. As an entrepreneur, you've wondered, What would it be like to expand internationally or surpass your competition? You've dreamed about fighting back against government regulation or seeing your product appear on the Today show. And though you have no desire to experience it, you want to know how an entrepreneur survived an embezzlement scandal that cost him over $250,000. You even want to learn the heartbreaking details of the small-business owner who failed, but then dusted himself off and built another business.

Face it, you want to hear how other entrepreneurs have weathered storms, overcome obstacles or surpassed all expectations to catapult their businesses to the next level. Read on to share some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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