They are the future for Glasgow and the west of Scotland's economy and are working hard to succeed in the face of continuing economic hardship.
Many new businesses are struggling to take off because of the economic downturn, and our column offers advice for potential start-ups.
Each company answers the same questions about their business and their answers appear in the Evening Times each Wednesday.
This week we highlight Meabh Bradley of JumpingClay.
Who are you?
Meabh Bradley, owner of JumpingClay South Glasgow
What does your business do?
JumpingClay South Glasgow is an educational, creative franchise for all ages and abilities across Central Scotland.
We deliver mess-free and fun workshops and parties, into which we incorporate lots of hidden learning and therapeutic benefits using our unique, air-drying clay.
Where are you based?
The JumpingClay South Glasgow Academy is in Nitshill, Museum Business Park on Woodhead Road. We are big into partnership working and so enjoy collaborations with other businesses and local community artists such as Spider Arts, as well the local schools and Care Homes.
How did you get started?
It was my daughter who first fell in love with the colourful JumpingClay on a weekend away when she was only two.
I was quick to see the potential of using JumpingClay alongside the school curriculum here in Scotland, as well as spotting an enjoyable and satisfying career and didn't hesitate to open Scotland's first Academy in Glasgow.
I started off by delivering workshops at family friendly restaurants, my local RSPB reserve as well as local charity and community groups across central Scotland.
Word was fast to spread about how much fun the workshops were. We are now very popular with Brownies, Boys Brigades, schools and businesses.
What is your background?
Despite always being creative and artistic, and having a BA HONS in Visual Communication and Photography, I spent the previous seven years to JumpingClay in the public sector.
I worked for various organisations within the Welfare to Work sector and specialised in partnership building between businesses, educational establishments, councils and communities.
What is your top tip?
The best lessons come only through experience.
How long has your business been running?
We opened the Academy in April 2013.
Has anyone helped you get started and how?
My family have been instrumental with their support in helping me set up. I attended a lot of workshops with Business Gateway from the outset, to help work out the business plan, learn about HMRC, for expert advice and guidance.
What I found extremely beneficial was attending the Women Into Business networking events held monthly in Glasgow where I met a lot of similar fledgling female entrepreneurs.
I also found a fantastic listener and local font of knowledge in James Edmonds at the Enterprise Team at Jobs & Business Glasgow.
Where do you plan your business to be in five years time?
I'm confident that in five years time there will be JumpingClay Academies in every major city in Scotland.
JumpingClay South Glasgow, Museum Business Park, 140 Woodhead Road, Glasgow G53 7NN. Telephone: 075 3024 7075