How would you like to start a concrete business that requires a creative mind rather than a strong back? Stuart Holland, owner of Pacific Coast Paving, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, started such a business, and it's been so successful that he's now demonstrating his creative techniques to other contractors throughout the United States and Canada.

Holland calls himself a "custom concrete designer." Using a spray-applied concrete texture system from Symons Corp., Des Plaines, Ill., he resurfaces existing concrete flatwork for businesses and homeowners. But instead of offering only the standard brick and stone resurfacing patterns, he produces custom designs as well, ranging from company logos to doormats.