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Guillermo Alvarado remembers collecting bottles in an alley withhis brother to raise money for movie tickets. Though the ticketscost 50 cents each, they could only raise enough money for one. Sothey went to Woolworth's, bought a pin for 49 cents, stoodoutside the door and sold it for a dollar. Then they went backinside, bought two more and sold those for a dollar each. That gavethem money for popcorn.
Despite his ingenuity, it took Alvarado, 52, decades to starthis own Chicago business. "I could just never put two nickelstogether," he says.
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