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Making Order Out Of Chaos

3 friends head to the garage to help customers get their acts together.

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This story appears in the May 2008 issue of Start Up.

Plenty of businesses can remodel your closets, kitchens and bathrooms, but the garage, says Michael Osman, is "the last frontier." HouseWall Garage System, which is based near Osman's hometown of Miami, ventured into that frontier in 2004. The company installs wall panels on which homeowners can hang hooks, racks and shelves to help themselves get organized. And Osman took note of the local business's growth.

Osman mentioned HouseWall to Dustin Myers and Chris Poplin--friends he attended college with in Nashville, Tennessee. When HouseWall began franchising in 2006, Osman, 27, Myers and Poplin, both 26, jumped aboard and opened a franchise in Nashville that September. "You have to recognize these opportunities and take advantage of them," says Osman. "Don't be afraid to take the risk."

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