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

Brandon Cushman grew up around the construction business. And although he was ready to graduate from medical school in 1999, it was the construction business that lured him out of the hospital and back into the hot sun. Today, Cushman's Denver-based company, Fauxcrete Inc., pours nearly $5 million worth of stamped and dyed concrete every year.

Denver's seemingly endless appetite for development fueled strong growth for Fauxcrete. Cushman says he doubled his business annually between 1999 and 2004. But that rapid growth leveled off last year when his banks and investors tightened the purse strings and left him scrambling for cash to buy needed trucks and equipment, not to mention meet payroll. "Every bit of cash we got, we put back into the company," says Cushman. "We needed capital to grow, and we'd exhausted our ability to borrow."

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