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My office was a trailer: Start-ups that started from nothing

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Rohit Arora is an Indian immigrant who arrived in the U.S. with $200. While studying lender portfolios at the Deloitte professional services firm, he saw that there was a lot of money in small business lending. He and his brother Ramit founded Biz2Credit, which helps immigrants apply for small business loans.

"Coming from India, I had no family support in the U.S.," he said. To spread the word, "we used to travel to various Hindu and Sikh temples in the area during the winter to distribute fliers because we didn't have money to do proper marketing." The work paid off. The brothers were named top entrepreneurs of 2011 by Crain's NY Business, and Arora said that the company had recently surpassed the $1 billion mark in loans arranged for entrepreneurs.

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