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Opening his franchise on a tight schedule wasn't easy, but Jim Solis was up to the challenge.

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This story appears in the July 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Though former Texas Rep. Jim Solis owns a law firm, is pursuing an accounting degree and invests in real estate, he still wanted more--so he added becoming a franchisee to his list of accomplishments.

When Solis, 44, learned about La Paletera, a store that sells Mexican ice pops, fruit cups and other treats, he felt he'd finally found the right idea--one that appealed to Texas' demographics. He decided to purchase a La Paletera franchise with his seven siblings and their spouses.

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