In 1974, Mike Yager borrowed $500 to begin printing a one page flyer which he used to sell car manuals, decals and other accessories out of his trunk at large car shows. Now his catalogues are hundreds of pages, he hosts car shows, runs his own car museum and even manufactures interiors for Corvettes. Yager's company, Mid America Motorworks, has revenues of about $35 million.
A10 Clinical Solutions
In 2004, divorced and out of a job, Leah Brown decided to pursue a way to help underserved populations receive better medical treatments. She started A10 Clinical Solutions — a company that works in both clinical care and clinical research. They have been involved in studies on cardiovascular treatments, women's health issues, oncology drugs and more. In 2010, the company posted annual revenues of close to $20 Million.
West Point Thoroughbreds
Terry Finley was finishing his military service in 1990 when he and his wife bought a $5,000 horse. The horse, Sunbelt, won its first race and Terry was hooked. He decided to build on his passion for horse racing, and now buys 20-25 horses a year and forms groups of investors who profit when the horses win, breed and sell.