These 5 Movie Characters Get What It Means to Run a Small Business

Ben Rashkovich

Ben Rashkovich

Content Strategy Manager at Fundera
Ben is a former content strategy manager at Fundera. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature and is currently enrolled in Yale Law School. Ben has also written for eBay's curatorial team.
Ben Rashkovich

Forget Wolf of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross—small businesses are a whole different ball game. These movie characters know what it means to build something from the ground up.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life: George Bailey Stands Up to Potter

“Just remember this, Mr. Potter: That this rabble you’re talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community.”

George Bailey does what every small business owner wishes they could do when he gives Mr. Potter and the nefarious Loan Board a piece of his mind.

2. Ghostbusters: Venkman and Stantz Get Fired

“We were destined to get thrown out of this dump.” “For what purpose?!” “To go into business for ourselves.”

Sometimes inspiration strikes in the darkest hour. For Venkman and Stantz, that hour was getting fired from Columbia University.

3. You’ve Got Mail: Kathleen Closes the Store

“The truth is, I’m heartbroken.”

Try not to get misty-eyed as Meg Ryan says goodbye to The Shop Around the Corner, before it becomes “something depressing, like a Baby Gap.”

4. Lego Movie: Double-Decker Couch

“That is literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

For anyone who’s ever pitched a brilliant business idea and been met with the sound of crickets, Emmet gets you.

5. The Princess and the Frog: Almost There

“I’m almost there, I’m almost there / People down here think I’m crazy, but I don’t care”

Aspiring restaurateur Tiana gives us this jazzy, irresistible anthem every dream-chasing entrepreneur can relate to.

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Ben Rashkovich

Ben Rashkovich

Content Strategy Manager at Fundera
Ben is a former content strategy manager at Fundera. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature and is currently enrolled in Yale Law School. Ben has also written for eBay's curatorial team.
Ben Rashkovich

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