Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 2, 2014

Program teaches business basics

TRAVERSE CITY — Matt Lyon believes job recruiters pay special attention to his resume when they see his experience running a business.

Lyon, a senior studying industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, is looking for a sales job.

“The University of Michigan doesn’t give a minor in sales,” Lyon said. “When I say I have all this experience, it really puts me above and beyond the rest of my field of people who want the same job.”

Lyon spent his college summers painting houses in Traverse City through Young Entrepreneurs Across America’s Student Painters program, which helps college students start exterior painting businesses.

“Our mission is to teach the next leaders how to run their own businesses,” Lyon said. “You have to start somewhere. We chose exterior painting because there’s a low start-up cost, it’s easy to learn and you can teach college students how to do it.”

This is Lyon’s fourth summer working with Student Painters, and he made his way up to a regional manager position. He mentors eight students in the program who each will have their own painting business.

Nick Coscarelly is one of those students. He’s a freshman at Central Michigan University and will run a Student Painters branch in Traverse City this summer. He’ll be a branch manager, and will have to hire employees, market his business, find customers and paint houses.

“The main thing is just to get my feet wet in business,” Coscarelly said. “I will be going into some sort of business thing. Plus, it’s great money. I’m planning on making $15,000 to $20,000 this summer.”

Students apply to be part of Student Painters, then the company sets them up with a mentor and an investment of about $8,000 to get started. The students pay back 38 percent of their revenue to Student Painters. There are 55 Student Painters branch managers in Michigan.

Text Only

the BIZ

AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide