Luke Gibson is investing in his future by starting his own painting business.
Gibson, a graduate of Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School and freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is participating in an internship through Young Entrepreneurs Across America which allows him to start his own business through Student Painters.
“It sounded like a good opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Gibson said. “It is a good opportunity for me to learn all aspects of running a business.”
After hearing about the program in one of his classes, Gibson went through an application process and was selected as a branch manager for the Concord and Kannapolis area. He plans to spend his spring and summer marketing the business and providing a quality painting service to his customers.
“This internship hires select people and trains them to run their own business,” Gibson said. “I’m going to start the business this spring.”
Student Painters has a mission to give a new and unique, professional experience to college students. The organization focuses on ensuring high quality painting services to customers through training and developing college students into young entrepreneurs. According to the organization’s website, “We develop students into business professionals and in the process, prepare students not only for the fast-changing environment of life after college, but for exciting career paths within our company as well.”
Gibson and other branch managers have a training conference at the end of January and then he hopes to begin marketing and providing estimates for potential customers. He plans to hire 10-12 students in March and April from the Concord/Kannapolis area to work as marketers or painters for his business. The students will be trained in all aspects of exterior painting, including staining and power washing. The painters will begin work in May.
“All of the people I’m hiring will be students,” Gibson said. “So this allows other students to get money from college and for the marketers, it gives them real-world marketing experience, which is awesome for resumes.”
Just like in the real world, Gibson said his personal profits are based on how well he manages the business. He has a goal to run a $100,000 business which he says could lead to a $20,000 profit for him.
He recently visited Concord Mayor J. Scott Padgett to discuss the internship and plans for his business. During the visit, Padgett signed a proclamation declaring April 5, 2016 as Student Painters Day in Concord.
“I am beyond excited to get started. I got hired in October,” Gibson said. “We’ve been hearing all these great things of people who have been in internship before. So I’m ready to get started.”
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