Stay-at-home mom Leslie Freeman started a conflict-resolution business after her husband died, while Christopher Kelley took his barbecue food truck full time when he lost his job. They are among four Alabama entrepreneurs profiled in this article, which details their motivation and advice for other small-business owners. Freeman says it's critical to do plenty of research and to be persistent. "There are always going to be individuals with more experience, a bigger client base and [who] have been doing it longer," she said. "Don't give up."
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