April 8, 2010 2:59 PM

From the ashes of recession, new small businesses rise

Just as business conditions are at their worst, many people are starting their own businesses. Some smell opportunity in recession, some feel liberated by a layoff, and others are just looking for some income to get by. A long list of Fortune 500 companies started during recessions, such as General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft.

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