The entrepreneur was a man or woman who could look at a situation and find a way to capitalize on it. It could someone who came with the first hoard of gold seekers and realized he’d make more money selling the miners goods or setting up a saloon. Or it’s the woman brought to the mining area by a husband, father, or son and realizing she can get gold by either doing laundry or cooking meals. There were also the men who realized mining towns needed food and staples to grow. They bought a wagon and horses and started hauling the goods. Eventually, they added more wagons and employees until they dominated the freighting in that area. And don’t forget the men with capital who invested in banks, hotels, saloons, and eventually railroads. When the railroad started moving west, men in an area would pool their finances to help build a railroad in their town hoping to instill growth and bring the larger lines to them. Some of the largest ranches started from hard labor and determination.
And let’s not forget the entrepreneurs who walked a thin line on the right side of the law. The Gambler. This was a man or woman who could walk into a town broke and leave with half the town’s money. Sometimes legally, sometimes not.
An Entrepreneur would have such a single-minded focus that making them fall in love would be an effort and make for good conflict. Especially if the other character was set on making the goal oriented character her/his conquest. There are so many fabulous character traits you can attribute to this type of character that you can make great scenes. And that's one of the reasons I write historical westerns- and the fact you can put them in times and places that are as wild and stubborn and the characters.
What is one of your favorite westerns that had an entrepreneurial character as the hero or heroine?