Stay motivated and be inspired! Learn about other small business owners who've used their creativity and positive attitudes to discover new opportunities, solve problems and find small business success.

Mo's Bows

Like many entrepreneurs, Moziah Bridges simply wanted to solve one of his own problems. Even at a young age, the Memphis, Tenn., native loved fashion — he dressed himself in suits and ties as early as age 4. "I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good," he explained on his site.

Written by Dan Lewis

Tank Chair

On August 15, 1999, Liz Soden was behind the wheel of her family's truck, her husband Brad in the passenger seat and their three sons in the backseat. Suddenly, one of the tires blew out, and the truck was thrown into an embankment. The boys came out of the accident relatively un-scathed, and Brad broke his leg. Liz, however, wasn't nearly as lucky. She broke her back and was paralyzed from the waist down.

Written by Dan Lewis

How One Startup Turns At-Risk Entrepreneurs Into Superstars

To start a new business, you need an idea, the time to execute it, startup capital, and a network of family, friends and contacts who can help you get it off the ground. You also need to know some basics about how business are run, how the marketplace for your idea functions, and how to get professional help as needed. Sarah Mullens and Richard Luck started an organization to help budding entrepreneurs with this complicated process.

Written by Dan Lewis

Why Kelvin Locklear Chose Progressive

The guy who builds it even when everyone else says no, Kelvin Locklear, is hitting the road with Progressive Commercial for a series of truck shows throughout 2009. Kelvin Locklear is the lead designer at Outcast Kustoms and owner of South Carolina's popular custom truck fabrication shop K&L Chrome.