The now successful Nota Bene in Aspinwall didn't start out as a $500,000 a year business. Like most businesses, it had its share of roadbumps on the way. But buoyed by the response from friends, Diamond rented a booth at the 2007 Stationery Show in New York, which landed her several small orders. Then she thought she got her big break: 5,000 cards for a prestigious New York shop. Only that $12,500 order was canceled before she got paid -- and she was left holding the cards. "I knew I could sell them, but it wasn't going to happen out of my garage."
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