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Mr. Fix-IT

A self-proclaimed geek heeds a sign to start a computer franchise.

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This story appears in the October 2005 issue of Start Up.

Matthew Lewis was interested in computers, but he wasn't sure exactly where that interest would lead him-until he saw a sign, literally. In spring 2003, just after he graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington, with a degree in web design and e-commerce, Lewis drove by a Geeks on Call billboard. He immediately made some calls to learn about the company.

About a year later, Lewis attended Discovery Day, a Geeks on Call event that gives future franchisees the chance to learn how the business started and where it's going, as well as meet with the president and CEO of the franchise. That day sealed the deal for Lewis. "I knew this is really where I needed to be," says Lewis.

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