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Learning to lead: Lambert grad manages local Student Painters
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While home for the summer, many college students from Forsyth County may be looking for jobs to make some money before classes start back.

While most will work for established companies, one local college student as started his own with a little help from a summer internship program.

Nick Jones, a 2015 graduate of Lambert High School who just finished his first year at the University of Georgia, and his team of fellow students started painting their first house in the area Monday.

Jones is the Cumming representative for Student Painters, a company that allows students interested in business and entrepreneurship to run a firm over the summer.

“I’m in control of all of Cumming, basically,” Jones said. “I had to do everything from hiring a marketing team, managing them, training, selling jobs, doing estimates, talking to customers, making and putting out fliers. And now I’ve put together at painting team.”

He said he first gained an interest in the program after a representative with student painters made a presentation to one of his college classes.

“I’m trying to get ahead in life and I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and get into the entrepreneur space,” Jones said. “I wanted to improve myself and learn new skills, get out of my comfort zone, and this seemed like the perfect job.”

Though Monday was their first day of painting, Jones said he had been busy getting the company up and running.

“I put fliers out at colleges at like Lanier Tech and [the University of North Georgia] and at the high schools, to get marketing students to see if they could help me market the business and do that for me while I could do more time doing estimates, and working with customers and selling jobs,” he said

Though he wants to become an entrepreneur, Jones said the business was his first time in professional painting. He said Sherwin-Williams, a corporate partner, provided training.

“I’d never done painting before, maybe a little bit here and there around my house,” he said. “Painting is a new experience.

“[The company] came out and we did paint training and they trained all of our painters and trained us as well. We’ve had lots of training with all the painting.

“We’re in control of the customer, quality and satisfaction.”

Jones said the company had filled its schedule for May and June, but was still looking for customers in July and the first week of August.