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Are you ready to take the next big step? Meet 3 entrepreneurs who got the chance of a lifetime to push past their problems and make their businesses boom.

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This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Entrepreneurs are famous for being loners--committed individualists who seek neither advice nor approval from anyone or anything but their own vision of what their enterprises could one day become. But perhaps that reputation should be revised, because it's easy to find entrepreneurs who are actually ready and willing to accept help in overcoming the obstacles to achieving their goals.

Entrepreneur asked three company founders in three different industries and at three different sales levels to name the primary obstacles preventing them from reaching the next level. Then these problems were posed to panels of experts consisting of business advisors, consultants and experienced entrepreneurs. The problems and some recommended solutions follow.

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