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1,278 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: 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

NAICS: 314 Textile Product Mills
Description: Drapery/Fabric wholeseller-retailer
I grew up with this kind of business, so familiarity is my main reason. It is for me to own a business of my own that i know rather than buying a business and not knowing what to do with it, because that is how you lose money and start having troubles at work and home. My goal from the start is to provide the needs of my family as well as giving great service to my customers. Also to take my family for a vacation wherever they desire to because family is one of the biggest part of my life.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 23:46:49

NAICS: 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Description: Upholstery Manufacturing
I had worked in this field for 15 years, I've seen my former boss make his profits from my hard work. So I decided that no one was going to get rich off of my hard work.  That was what motivated me to open this business, I wanted to enjoy my fruit of labor.  My initial goal was to be my own boss and make enough money to support my family.  My new goal now is to make this company grow and evolve with the new trends.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 23:28:33

NAICS: 561 Administrative and Support Services
Description: gardening
I wanted to work for myself and to stop working for someone else. My initial goal was to grow as a business and have lots of work and have an increase in just me working I wanted to have employees. At least two and that’s what I have now. I basically wanted to excel in life.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 23:13:46

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Framing and matting, art gallery and interior design
3. When I was looking for a business I spent a day or two researching. I tried out a lot of different avenues and when I tried framing and matting artwork I love it. For three reasons. It was creative and I got to express myself, it was lucrative and a very good source of income, and it was clean, I didn’t come home dirty.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 22:40:39

NAICS: 442 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Description: Furniture Store
At the time this type of business was doing well and I was in need of a job. It became appealing to my husband and I. In the beginning my husband and I didn't have enough money to lease out a store for our business. So our goal was to own our own store. We began our business by manufacturing mattresses in our backyard until we saved up enough.
Date Submitted: 2010-10-05 22:33:51

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