By: Patricia Seaton

I was introduced to College Pro Painters in a first year chemistry lecture. I remember a student came into the lecture hall advertising a job that offered the opportunity to “work outdoors, make lots of money and be your own boss”… at least those are the highlights of the 30 second announcement that I remember. I had worked at a golf course during my summers throughout high school earning minimum wage and had made nowhere near enough money to pay for university. Throughout the College Pro interview process, I was forewarned of the challenging road that lay ahead—by the general managers that interviewed me and by senior franchise managers that I contacted to gain insight into their experiences. I never thought twice about how “hard” this summer job might be, with plans to pursue professional school and the opportunity to become financially independent for the next school year, I had already made up my mind.

Entrepreneur Spotlight - Sharid KhanSchool: Grant McEwan University

Program: Business Management

Territory: Riverbend, Edmonton AB

College Pro History:  2010 Painter,

2011 – 13 Franchise Owner

Crews Operating: 4

Trending: Platinum Award

 

Sharid’s CP Story:

4 years ago, Sharid moved to Canada from Bangladesh.  He got a job quickly when he arrived but felt he could do a lot more, and was ultimately limited by the parameters of the job.  Lightbulb moment: Sharid realized he wanted something where he could do things his own way… and the Entrepreneurial flame was lit.

By: Connor – College Pro Entrepreneur, Edmonton AB

The Customer Cure

One of my favourite parts of running a College Pro Franchise is the people I get to work with, and I am not just referring to my colleagues. The customers that I do work for make my days much more enjoyable, and also make the process feel much more rewarding. When College Pro refers to the “experience” of working with us, they mean it. I take this super seriously in my business, and spending time with my customers can really turn a bad week into a good one.

By: Rashida Musa, College Pro Entrepreneur, East St. Albert

 

Productive Production @ College ProIt’s that time of year again; the snow has melted and we are finally free from the harsh grasp of winter.

The next few weeks will be filled with mowing lawns, planting flowers, nature walks, sun baths, hockey in the streets, and, most importantly, home renovations.

The contrast in my priorities from the summer ’12 to summer ’13 for someone my age is astounding.

With: Felicia Wilson, College Pro Entrepreneur – Edmonton, AB

Propped up against a tree, I am consumed by the signs of spring: flocks of ­­songbirds chirp overhead, Hawrelak park smells of freshly cut grass, and young family’s cycle down the road parallel to my van. For me, my 2006 Chevy Venture is the biggest assurance that spring is here. Gutted, it has enough room to sustain human life for the next 16 weeks. Not just any human life; my life.

College Pro Testimonial - Connor AylwinPictured: Connor (right) with peer Matt Rudy and coach Leighton Healey.

 

By: Connor Aylwin – College Pro Franchisee in Edmonton, Alberta

Selecting a Painting Contractor – Tips from College Pro

What I Learned at College ProName: Karly Renman

Location: Camrose, Alberta

This past summer I was given an opportunity to do something that not many of my friends could do. At the age of 18, I ran a business with College Pro Painters. The skills I learned from running my own business have no comparison to a summer job I could have gotten anywhere else.

I learned about marketing and sales.

I learned how to interview prospective staff, set expectations with them, and hire and fire them.

I learned how to manage my time, finances, and my employees.

By: Alanna Toogood – Franchise Owner in Edmonton, Alberta

College Pro Painters knows that your home is your most valuable and important asset. When it comes to painting it, we want you to be confident that you are choosing the right Paint contractor. When you chose College Pro Painters, you are choosing a company that is committed to a quality paint job and superb customer service. We know you will likely review, and may even meet with, other paint contractors before choosing, and we have narrowed it down to the top five things to check when getting a painting estimate so you can be confident in your choice.

By: Alanna Toogood, College Pro Entrepreneur in Edmonton, Alberta

The Skills I Learned in My Summer with College Pro Painters
 During my first summer running a business with College Pro Painters, I learned more about business, life, and my future than I ever thought possible. This experience is so rare and so real, and, if you choose to grab it by the horns, it will be the most rewarding one of your life so far.

By: Connor – College Pro Entrepreneur, Edmonton AB

The Customer Cure

One of my favourite parts of running a College Pro Franchise is the people I get to work with, and I am not just referring to my colleagues. The customers that I do work for make my days much more enjoyable, and also make the process feel much more rewarding. When College Pro refers to the “experience” of working with us, they mean it. I take this super seriously in my business, and spending time with my customers can really turn a bad week into a good one.

By: Rashida Musa, College Pro Entrepreneur, East St. Albert

 

Productive Production @ College ProIt’s that time of year again; the snow has melted and we are finally free from the harsh grasp of winter.

The next few weeks will be filled with mowing lawns, planting flowers, nature walks, sun baths, hockey in the streets, and, most importantly, home renovations.

The contrast in my priorities from the summer ’12 to summer ’13 for someone my age is astounding.

With: Felicia Wilson, College Pro Entrepreneur – Edmonton, AB

Propped up against a tree, I am consumed by the signs of spring: flocks of ­­songbirds chirp overhead, Hawrelak park smells of freshly cut grass, and young family’s cycle down the road parallel to my van. For me, my 2006 Chevy Venture is the biggest assurance that spring is here. Gutted, it has enough room to sustain human life for the next 16 weeks. Not just any human life; my life.

College Pro Testimonial - Connor AylwinPictured: Connor (right) with peer Matt Rudy and coach Leighton Healey.