10 huge companies that started out surprisingly tiny

From cozy living room startups to bustling garage workshops, the origin  stories of some of the world’s largest companies are nothing short of  inspiring.

In 1978, John Mackey and Renee Lawson took a loan of $45,000 from their family and friends to establish a small natural foods store named SaferWay in Austin, Texas.

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It was 1945, and Sam Walton had a dream. He opened Walton’s Five and Dime in Bentonville, Arkansas, with a  mission to sell products at lower prices to get higher-volume sales.


The sportswear behemoth Nike started off in 1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports, operating entirely out of Phil Knight’s car.

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Estée and Joseph Lauder started their cosmetics empire in 1946, armed  with a passion for beauty, a few skincare concoctions, and a belief in  the power of good face cream.

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