When Becky Nelson’s husband blindsided her with a divorce, the Dallas cook feared that owning her own business was off the table.

Faced with the necessity of supporting herself, Nelson worked in a succession of unfulfilling jobs, and I’m betting that experience fanned the entrepreneurial embers more effectively than anything else could.

Eventually she took the leap:

“The thing that came to my mind was: ‘There will never be a better time. If it doesn’t work, at least I can say I tried.’”

Starting Le Gourmet Valet in the first place took guts. So did turning down a deal with Trader Joe’s in the hopes that Neiman Marcus would offer one, too. Her first Neiman’s shipment went out Oct. 1.

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