They are the future for Glasgow and the west of Scotland's economy and are working hard to achieve success in the face of continuing economic hardship.
Many new businesses are struggling to take off because of the economic downturn, and this new column will offer advice for potential start-ups.
Each company will answer the same questions about their business and their answers will appear in the Evening Times each Wednesday.
This week we highlight Jacqueline Ramsay and her business, Corporate Chiropody.
What does your business do?
Our niche recruitment service provides chiropodists/podiatrists with work opportunities within the NHS and private sectors.
Where are you based?
Our office is within the premises of Cue and Review in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, which is a charity which provides talking newspapers for the blind. Our rent helps the charity to survive and provide this invaluable support for blind people.
How did you get started?
I started the business from home but realised very quickly that, due to the demand for the service and all the admin, sales calls etc, that I would require some premises, and as the rates are very affordable at Cue and Review, it made the decision very easy.
What is your background?
I am a fully qualified chiropodist and have been providing on-site staff chiropody services to businesses and the NHS on a regular basis.
Due to the geographical demand for this service, Corporate Chiropody was created and is now outsourcing the service to chiropodists/podiatrists throughout Scotland.
I previously worked as a branch manager for Abbey National and gained invaluable skills which have helped me to develop my business.
What is your top tip?
Enjoy what you do, because there will be highs and lows along the way, and you need to keep focused.
You need to know your business inside out.
How long has your business been running?
The business is now in its second year, and our client list is expanding rapidly.
Did anyone help you get started, and how?
I received a small grant from West Dunbartonshire Council, as well as assistance from Business Gateway and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. I also did networking with other entrepreneurs through Women In Business.
The people I have met along the way have all provided a great source of knowledge, wisdom and advice for which I am extremely grateful.
What was your first BUSINESS deal?
My first on-site visit was to Yorkhill Hospital, where busy nurses and staff all wanted their footcare needs taken care of.
Who was/is your mentor/or
I admire entrepreneurs who have the dedication, perseverance, courage and tenacity to keep going, even in the face of adversity and who always focus on the big picture.I have a mentor who keeps me focused and is always there to lend a hand whenever I need it.
Where do you plan your business to be in five years time?
To be the "go to" recruitment provider of chiropody/podiatry services to the NHS and private corporate clients throughout the UK.
Useful contacts www.corporatechiropody.co.uk