A Tree Grows in Blacksburg

"Undaunted." Photograph by Z. Kelly Queijo Every time I interview an entrepreneur, the one characteristic that stands out among them is their unflappable determination to succeed. Though their definitions of success vary, they all share a singular spirit and drive…it's called "Moxie" according to Jim Flowers.

When I saw this little pine tree seedling attempting to make its mark in the world against seemingly impossible odds, I thought of those men and women entrepreneurs and their determination to grow their businesses no matter how rocky the road ahead.

Blacksburg, Virginia, is home to a great number of entrepreneurs who are growing businesses from their homes, at VT Knowledgeworks located at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, or from storefronts throughout the town.

This small college town, home to Virginia Tech, has been ranked on lots of lists as to why it's a good place to live, work, and grow. Its home state of Virginia is ranked in the top 5 "Best States to Start a Business" by US News and World Report.

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Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0.  You can follow her on Twitter, @zkellyq.

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