I have been in and out of College Pro for the better part of 26 years, give or take a few years for education and other jobs. I have always found it interesting trying to explain our business to people. Entrepreneurship has allure, painting and window cleaning does not. “Well,” I say when I am asked, “College Pro Painters and College Pro Window Cleaning are home services companies that teach about 800 young entrepreneurs about business every year, and provide good value services to customers.” There are no theoretical case studies in College Pro. Sometimes a few young entrepreneurs don’t make as much money as they would like to, and some have even lost money. What business school would teach that there is no risk and everyone makes money? We deal in real life; we want to give students a great overall experience and really test them, and allowing no risk would not be the truth.
Sometimes if people don’t understand it, the idea of a College Pro Painters Scam comes up. I always enjoy those discussions. We have been in business for 40 years. If College Pro reviews its success, I would suggest it has been one of the greatest success stories in North America. We have survived the tech bubble, 9/11 and four recessions including the great recession. Through the years we have remained a values-driven, entrepreneur-centered organization that believes in delivering our promise to customers and to franchisees. No, it’s not always pretty. Trying to do the right thing, and a good thing in the business world, rarely is.