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1,253 entrepreneurs were asked: "How did you decide to get into this type of business, and what was your initial goal?" These were their responses, which can help us to try to figure out what type of business we might like to start. Please scroll below:

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NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Provide landscape maintenance
"It's a family business. I decided to get into this type of business, because I wanted to learn more about what my dad did. I wanted to better the service he used, as well as offer what's best for our clients. I'm not the newest generation, but with the differences that separated him and me from technology were enough to let him let me introduce different ways of looking at our service." Asked him like what? "(thinks about it)...For example when he had his own business he just did his own thing and moved on with little interaction with clients, and when I joined I mentioned making business cards and tried talking to them."
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 15:34:22

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Urban lifestyle clothing store
In Grammar school I would take a backpack with Jolly Ranchers and sell them for 5 cents each. My family is business minded and I grew up with the knowledge, so it came automatic and they did not even question my schemes. At that point my goal was to have money to spend on toys and video games and fun stuff. As I got older I continued selling whatever I could to friends. I was a surfer and skateboarder as a teen and visited the beach whenever I could. I found my first job at an OC surf shop right off the beach. It was all about the girls, talking to girls in bikinis daily was exciting to me. In the process I developed a passion for chatting with customers and serving them and my knowledge for urban culture brands was born. The history of clothing brands is something I have always prided myself in. I know what and whom I sell and know it well.  
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 14:19:52

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Italian and Pizza Restaurant
I got into this business when my friend, who owns 5 other Graziano's Pizza Restaurants, came to me and asked me if I would ever want to open one up. I considered it and had the money so I thought it would be a great opportunity to invest in. In the beginning we opened the restaurant as a partnership, but four years ago I bought my business partners other half, and now I am the sole owner. Once I became the sole owner I changed a few menu items and did some reconstruction on the restaurant and since then the business has flourished like never before. My initial goal was to keep the customers happy so that they would continue to come back and make the business.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 14:17:52

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Refurbishing refridgeration cases for grocery stores.
I decided to get into this business because my father was in it and I liked this type of work. It was something I felt I was good at it. The other reason to stay in this business is that I work with my brother and love working with him. My initial goal was to build the business and make a decent living while making my dad proud and showing him my brother and I could build on what he started. Along the way we have achieved many goals while building our business and watching it grow. We have had the opportunity to coach our kids in many sports and take off work when needed to attend many if not all of the important events in our kids lives while they were growing up. We may have been able to expand the business more but so far we have achieved our main goal. My second goal was to build the business and then sell it but that has changed since my kids and nephews became interested in the business so the goal now is to keep building the business and teaching our kids how to run the business and then turn it over to the kids by passing what I have learned over the years.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 14:10:18

NAICS: 335 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Description: Rechargable Battery Pack Refurbish
I was an Internet business consulting director for one of the major business consulting firm.  I learned that the battery pack was the one of the items that only available to order or to find through Internet.  So, I decided to open online battery pack refurbish business after long research.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 13:23:59

NAICS: 453 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Description: Greeting cards and miscellaneous items
My husband wanted to own a business and we had a realitor friend who was selling a Hallmark store. We didn't end up buying that store because it was in debt and losing money. Through the process we met with Hallmark reps and they told us about the Walnut store.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 12:56:14

NAICS: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
Description: Private practice of orthodontics for adults and children
I decided upon a career in dentistry during my junior year in college. I was already a Biology major and was looking for a field where I could use that background. I always had excellent hand-eye coordination and enjoyed working with detailed model projects. I also was attracted to the healthcare field in general, so dentistry seemed like a perfect pathway. My initial goal was simply to complete the dental school curriculum and worry about finding a job later. I got interested in the field of orthodontics during dental school and ended up entering an orthodontic residency program after finishing dental school. My goal after the orthodontic residency was to establish my own practice. However, I first had to work as an associate for another doctor for a couple of years before establishing my own practice.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 12:47:44

NAICS: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: Import and Export mostly export
Initially it started as a Hobbie in 1972, the first company he had was a trucking company, in which he sold to start [Name removed].
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 06:36:14

NAICS: 111 Crop Production
Description: sustainable agriculture organic gardening
I at first wanted To help people who were struggling with their garden projects. Since then I have expanded my vision to larger scale projects! such as helping cities start community gardens and engaging more people in the wonders of organic gardening and self sustenance.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 02:19:22

NAICS: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: Vehicle Emergency Warning Lighting Systems
As a customer, I have an unmet need. I decided to go into business to met my own needs and gain extra cash at the same time. Here is the story. One of my jobs as an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) volunteer was to patrol the neighborhood. The first thing I have to do is to place emergency warning lights on top of my vehicle. Sinc ethis is not an "official" position with the fire or police department, I will have to find my own source of vehicle lights. I looed at Ebay and found a manufacturer in Taiwan that produce quality lights at an affordable price. The problem is that the manufactuer would not sell to individual buyers like me. These manufactuerers are contracted to sell their products to the gray market. In a gray market, the manufacturers produce products to be sold in the third-world market. Consequently, prices are considerably lower. I immediately saw a business opportunity. Why couldn't I capture a part of this market and import some of these products to the United States? I started contracting with the manufacturers. Soon, I was making thousands of dollars each week from the sales of these emergency warning lighting systems.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 00:11:46

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