Container Store co-founder visits Austin College

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

SHERMAN, TX - Several decades ago a group of Dallas entrepreneurs came up with an innovative idea that was outside the box but inside the container. They've since made a fortune off of their idea. One of those men was at Austin college today to offer inspiration to students facing a tough job market.

"The fact is that anybody can start a business," said Container Store co-founder Garrett Boone.

Back in July of 1978 after several years of soul searching Boone and his two friends came up with an revolutionary new retail concept. A store devoted entirely to storage and organization. The Container Store started with a $35,000 investment, and 1,600-square-foot retail space in Dallas. Today the company has 51 stores and does nearly a billion dollars in business each year.

"It doesn't require a fortune to start a business. You can start very small and get bigger," said Boone. You just have to have a good idea and a have a comittment and passion for that particular idea."

Today Boone spoke at Austin College to offer words of inspiration to students about to enter one of the worst job markets in U.S. history. Boones philosophy that maintaining a positive work culture is key to business success hit home with several students.

"As a C.E.O. he knows that his company is only as good as it's human capitol," said Alex Clark, Austin College student body president. "And, if we're not investing in the next great generation of people that are coming out of our schools, then it's going to hurt us as a country as well."

"I think it was fantastic," said junior Annugraha Achar. "He was very eloquent at exemplifying the culture that he's trying to perpetuate, and I think it's an important message."

And while Boone sympathizes with the growing "Occupy Wall Street" movement and agrees that the country's financial system needs reform, he's a firm believer that a good education and concrete resolve are all a student needs to succeed.

"I think for good young women and young men who have the talents, if they're persistent they'll find a good position eventually."

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