By: Tila Macleod, College Pro Entrepreneur Red Deer Alberta
I will be entering my third year running a business under College Pro Painters in 2013. I still remember the day that (Danny Kerr), HR rep at the time, came into my classroom and gave a short speech about the opportunity, asking us to leave our contact info on the sheet provided if we were interested in finding out more information. Immediately my head filled with thoughts of all the opportunity could bring, and I found it odd that I was the only student in a business class of 35 that had any interest in finding out more. Naturally, I started doing my own research on the company.
By: Max Olson
As a 19 year old student in my second year at University with a few odd jobs under my belt, I started looking for something that fit with my future ambition of starting a photography business. I had worked in a camera shop, a retail store, and doing fundraising for a non-profit. I wanted something that gave me a closer look at what a small business owner actually does. It was during this job search that I found College Pro Painters, and immediately I questioned if this was actually a College Pro Painters scam.
I was hopeful about the possibilities of learning to actually run a small business, and when I sat down with the local General Manager, the details seemed even more intriguing – namely the fact that I’d have a mentor and coach to guide me through the whole process, but I kept trying to figure out if there was any truth to the College Pro Painters scam question I had debated when I first read about it. My mom also asked me if College Pro Painters scam college students or if they support them.
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Is there a College Pro Painters scam? My experience
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By: James Dale
I was very fortunate to find the College Pro opportunity while I was in University. I was studying geography and business and I had always been very interested in leadership and entrepreneurship. I had dabbled in organizing some committees and had been a part of groups like SIFE and AIESEC, but I was looking for more. The College Pro franchise business opportunity gave me that. Running the business, I had never learned so much so fast about leadership and management as I did my first summer learning how to run a business. College Pro is a painting business, not super sexy, but the skills you learn in managing conflict, negotiation and hiring are timeless and can be transferred into any walk of life you may choose. It is not a scam! The biggest test and lesson, though, is that nothing comes easy, especially running a business and College Pro is probably one of the safest, least risky ways to learn this.
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My response to the College Pro Painters Scam Allegations
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By: Dave Rychley
Is there a College Pro Painters scam? It is shocking to see this question posted online for a number of reasons. As someone who has spent 16 years working his way up the company ladder at College Pro, it is especially disturbing to me.
In 1996 – as a 1st year student at St. Thomas in Minnesota – I went searching for a job or internship that could give me real-world experiences, challenge me, and help me make money to pay for school and life costs. Thanks to a hard working College Pro representative who placed a flyer under my dorm-room door (and after a grueling interview process), I was given the chance to run a College Pro Painters franchise. During my 4 years in College Pro’s program, I saw varying degrees of success within the franchises around me. Some of the franchisees were wildly successful. Some did OK. And some did not do well at all. Some of my friends became franchisees and each had a different degree of success.