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The Enthusiastic Business Owner

USA TODAY is launching a six-month series that will follow the progress of several entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses. Experts say the entrepreneurs behind the wine business, peanut sellers, home inspector, Botox provider and high-end property rental firm that were selected from among 1,800 applicants to the Small Business Challenge have one thing in common: enthusiasm.

If you want to be a successful business owner, enthusiasm is a must. I would also add patience, a thick skin, and determination as a few other necessities.