The NRN 50: Minding their own business

The NRN 50: Minding their own business

Long before his friends landed interviews for their first jobs, Lee Shadle began developing his first business, a fast-casual Italian restaurant called Pesto Creative Italian Bistro. As a junior at Ohio State University, Shadle created Pesto as a project for a business class in the winter of 2004.

The next year, while completing his marketing degree, Shadle took his business plan to every bank he could find in Columbus, Ohio. In February 2005 he secured a small-business loan for $400,

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