GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The glamour of starting a small business may mask the hard work it takes to get it going.
If a business passes the five year mark, it is a big accomplishment as many start up companies fail to do so.
The Business Incubator Center reports helping to launch 573 new businesses in the last 25 years. Out of those businesses, only 261 made it through the five year graduation program.
Officials track the progress of the businesses five years after graduation and 19% of businesses that were once successful, shut down.
Auto Paychecks is one small business that has beat the odds and has been serving the community for 11 years.
"You are blind and oblivious to the fears because you just have to make it and that was in my mindset that failure was not an option. Working 12 to14 hours a day, seven days a week to get it off the ground, that's what I had to do and that's what I did because there was no other option for me," Angela Hildebrand, Owner Auto Paychecks.
Jon Maraschin, Executive Director of the Business Incubator, said starting a business is not for the meek or mild as it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it successful.