01/13/2011 02:19 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2011

Tom Patterson, Tommy John: 27 Million And Counting

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the least, and no two entrepreneurial paths are exactly the same, whether they result in fame and fortune or just a few hard knocks.

There are an estimated 27 million small businesses in the United States. And 27 Million and Counting is our attempt to capture as many of these unique, only-in-America success stories as we can. The premise is simple -- we give entrepreneurs 60 seconds to share their stories, in their own words. We hope they will inspire, inform and maybe make you laugh. This is Tom's story.

Name: Tom Patterson
Company: Tommy John
Location: Los Angeles
Fun Fact: Tom had to beg the tailor at the local dry cleaners near his apartment to make the first Tommy John prototypes.


The original version of this article appeared on AOL Small Business on 1/13/11.

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