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Acrobat of Pizza

Siler Chapman picked up a ball of dough and found fame, fortune and franchising.

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This story appears in the November 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Siler ChapmanEarly in his freshman year at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Siler Chapman got an uneasy feeling about the path he was on. "It was right after 9/11," he recalls. "People had lost their jobs and were coming back for advanced degrees. It opened my eyes. I didn't want anyone coming in and firing me. I wanted to be my own boss. I started praying and praying about what I should do."

The answer came to him at 3:30 on a Monday morning, when he sat bolt upright: "This thing in my head said, ‘Open a pizza place.'"

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