College student opening house painting business in Conyers

CONYERS — “I decided to apply for this internship because I wanted a challenge. Not a lot of college students currently run a business, and I wanted to learn more about the business world by tackling an experience that will enhance my education, communication, and life skills,” said Daria Manior, a junior at the University of Georgia who will be opening a house painting business in Conyers this spring.

Manior was selected for a highly competitive College Works Painting internship. Through the program, Manior will be a branch manager of a small business over the spring and summer.

College Works Painting, a for-profit company founded in 1993, gives undergraduate students an extraordinary opportunity to build a competitive resume and gain marketable skills by teaching them how to manage their very own painting business. The company helps students develop and demonstrate a strong skill set encompassing business ethics, communication, organizational management and sales, along with a firm understanding of the mechanics of leadership applicable to any profession.

College Works Painting operates in more than 35 states, and paints more than 10,000 homes annually. Their interns are trained to inspect homes for paint failures and create a scope of work to properly correct problem areas. They are fully licensed and insured with general liability and workers compensation insurance. They offer a one year complimentary guarantee of quality and extended warranties are also offered. They have a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating.

Manior grew up in Rincon before moving with her family to Jonesboro. She graduated with honors from Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro in 2014. She is majoring in sports management and has a minor in communications studies at UGA. She believes this internship will help her improve her management skills.

“Even though I am a sports management major, I truly believe this internship will help me in my chosen degree because I will be working in management,” she said. “Sports management is a broad field, but you still have to know the management side of things as well as having a knowledge for sports. In my opinion, it takes more education and experience to understand the field of management. So why not jump right in?”

College Works compensates its interns during the summer and supplies painting materials, training and mentoring. Manior has already started her training for the internship and will be scouting out potential clients, hiring her team, and providing a service-oriented experience with her small business.

People will be able to contact Manior for painting services by business cards and flyers. She will also be practicing marketing tactics, such as door-to-door marketing.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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