Like the lawns and landscapes he cares for, Justin Rush can withstand rough patches.
America's Small Business Heroes
Kevin and Tamera Tennant started their business in a dumpster, picking up shards of glass, to teach themselves their new trade.
Jill Raedels worked with Enterprise for 13 years before opening a kids' haircutting franchise.
Meet two generations of Subway franchisees, who can tell you what it's like to grow up in -- and then take on -- the family business.
But she did. And she partnered with her own mom on two retail franchisee brands, and what turned out to be a true family affair.
After owning several businesses, Martekei Plange turned to franchising with Coverall as a way to refocus her entrepreneurial career.
By staying true to herself, Vickey Shelton kept the doors of her Mrs. Winner's Chicken and Biscuit restaurant open through tough financial times for the company.
When Ken Hall of Tennessee found School of Rock, he says he found the courage to leave his corporate gig and finally listen to the music.
Mark Hoon has never been an employee. Instead, he and his wife have been small-business owners for three decades-plus, and franchisees since 2008.
Nick Ulrich says he loves the mom-and-pop feel of the build-it-yourself Persona Pizza franchise, which he runs with his brothers in his hometown of Santa Rosa.
Run a Better Business
After spending much of her career at Motorola, Linda Zager learned that selling consulting services required different techniques than selling phones.
Mandy Solis considers herself lucky to have had a mentor who 'never treated me differently because I was young or a woman.'
Gina Cuffari uses building blocks to provide local kids with a holistic and entertaining after-school educational experience.
Nora Wachter-Lerner survived cancer and decided that for her next gig, she was leaving the corporate world and going back to the kitchen.
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