Aha Moments: Top Black Entrepreneurs Share their Business Inspiration

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Nothing Beats Customer Feedback

GiftCardRescue.com
Rank: #151
Three-Year Growth: 2,517.6 percent
2012 Revenue: $6.6 million

"I got into the business to solve the problem of unwanted gift cards. In 2008, I decided to conduct my own "market research" by going to the mall and asking people if they had any gift cards laying around. The response was eye-opening. They opened their wallets and purses and showed me all the gift cards they didn't know what to do with. It's a great feeling to have random people validate your idea."—Kwame Kuadey, CEO