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Monday, March 3, 2014 5:46 PM
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Two months before most colleges let out for the summer, Dayne Porter already has a job that pays an honest wage, provides valuable sales experience and fulfills an internship requirement at Clemson University, where he studies as a business management major.

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Dayne Porter, a senior business management student at Clemson University, is bringing a student-run business known as Student Painters back to his hometown of Augusta to provide jobs to college students during the summer.   MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
Dayne Porter, a senior business management student at Clemson University, is bringing a student-run business known as Student Painters back to his hometown of Augusta to provide jobs to college students during the summer.

He is painting houses in the Augusta area.

“Who else can say they are 22 and running an almost $100,000 business?” said Porter, a college senior and local branch manager of Student Painters, a nationally accredited program that has crews operating in the Midwest and Southeast.

After managing teams in Anderson, S.C., for the past two years, the 2010 graduate of North Augusta High School said he decided to bring the program to his hometown after hearing local college students say they were having difficulty finding full-time work for the summer.

He has already lined up 10 house-painting jobs, and by the time his eight-student crew begins work in early May, he expects to have as many as 40 orders, or up to $100,000 of business, booked for the summer.

Right now, he is putting out bright-red yard signs, handing out “Hello Neighbor” fliers and interviewing students to help in preparation for a busy season.

Porter said the positions he hopes to fill on his staff pay between $8.50 and $15 an hour.

A thick manual will guide his business plan; a mentor from the program will oversee his operations; and local Sherwin-Williams representatives will train his staff to paint.

“When you think of painting houses, there is a certain stereotype that goes with it,” Porter said. “We’re taking a fresh approach by providing good-paying jobs to students in the area, while also bringing value to Augusta by making houses look nicer.

“It’s exciting.”

NEED A JOB, OR YOUR HOUSE PAINTED?

Contact Dayne Porter

Augusta branch manager

Student Painters

(803) 221-8822 | mdporte@g.clemson.edu

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TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 03/03/14 - 08:22 pm
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Section 1725 of Title 18 of the United States Code

It's illegal to place flyers in mailboxes. His profits are going to dwindle down to nothing if the USPS enforces the code regarding placing flyers in mailboxes without postage. The fine is something like $10,000 per violation. How many mailboxes did he stuff in my neighborhood alone?

crc
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crc 03/04/14 - 07:45 pm
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Quality

I'll take a professional over a college kid home for the summer. Painting takes more knowledge and skill than one can teach in a session with the local Sherwin Williams. I know people have to start somewhere but I don't want an entire team of rookies at my house. However, I may be speaking too soon and they may have skilled painters to lead these summer laborers.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/04/14 - 06:50 am
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i think it's encouraging that

i think it's encouraging that a young guy like this actually has goals and a game plan and ideas that will generate income for himself and jobs for others, unlike so many youths of this age who seem to be wandering about totally clueless as to what they are going to do on any given day (besides annoy everyone else on the planet), much less think of the future. i say good for him and good luck, too.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/04/14 - 07:10 am
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crc

Are you kidding me? I've painted maybe twice in my life, then last summer I painted my entire house!! I done lots of research online about different kinds of paint to use; then went to the store and purchased the supplies. My wife and I took our time and got the house painted and it looks as good as ANY professional could have done!! We used newspaper on the floors and painting tape for edges; it really isn't that hard.

I would trust the kid!! Especially with the desire he has, he would probably make SURE everything was done just right.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/04/14 - 07:52 am
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Painting is a skilled

Painting is a skilled profession, it's harder than it looks.

Preparation is key, and most people don't adequately prep, especially for exteriors. And if you don't prep correctly, the paint job will only last a year or two before it starts to peel or alligator.

It's not something that you can research online, and it's not about newspaper on the floors and painting tape for edges, that's the insignificant part.

Most people who aren't professionals apply the paint too thinly, and don't apply it evenly.

What CFC said is true, it's not something that you learn in a quick course from Sherman Williams.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/04/14 - 08:36 am
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Summer work for students

and I think the young man is on the right track. He is earning money for his studies and at the same time he is helping other students get the funds they need to continue their education. Our family was blessed with 6 children and all of them worked their way through college, a degree and a good living. People should not have such a negative attitude toward young people that are trying to make something of themselves.
Beats standing on the corner and selling dope any day!!! Get real!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/04/14 - 09:01 am
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Good luck & keep it going

Yes, we know it takes prep & time to do it right...but for goodness sake ...this beats sitting on the porch or looking for trouble...give them a chance PLEASE!!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/14 - 09:17 am
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How many houses have you

How many houses have you painted Corgimom? You don't have a clue what you are talking about. My husband and I are no professional and we live in a 2 story, 2400 foot home. It took us several weeks but we removed the old siding off the entire house, put up new Hardie board siding and painted it OURSELVES. It can be done.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 09:24 am
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My husband is not a

My husband is not a professional painter, yet he has done as good a job, usually better than any professional we have ever used.

Corgi, perhaps you should not paint with such a wide brush.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/04/14 - 09:29 am
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I've been painting homes

I've been painting homes since I was 15 it ain't rocket science.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 09:33 am
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Besides, every professional

Besides, every professional has to start somewhere.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/04/14 - 09:35 am
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Take a hike, please take a

Take a hike, please take a hike. I started out knocking doors with my business just like this young man. It is now a several million a year business. I left cards taped to mail boxes, in doors and talked personally to the home owners and still do. A friend and I would go to Augusta College in the mornings and knock doors within 50 miles of Augusta each afternoon. He now has his business and I have mine. It does work if you are honest. 44 years and still going.BRAVO FOR THIS YOUNG MAN>

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 09:43 am
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And just for Corgi

I wish Obama had had more training other than in neighborhood organizing before he was elected.

To answer your question, the same thing if either Hillary or Biden gets elected.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/04/14 - 09:52 am
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All the painters I worked

All the painters I worked with were all alcoholics-but they were a lovely bunch of guys-lots of memories and some funny stories. I've never met one who wasn't but that was back then-I always thought the fumes were pickling their brains anyways.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 10:04 am
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I am pretty certain those

I am pretty certain those fumes were. I do miss the durability of oil paint.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/04/14 - 10:06 am
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Never ceases to amaze me!!

How some people simply believe they know EVERYTHING!! Now, you can't learn about certain types of paint online? You can't research and learn which paints to use outside or inside? For certain climates and weather conditions?

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/how-to-paint-a-house.htm

http://www.diynetwork.com/painting-101/package/index.html

http://www.house-painting-info.com/

Corgi, this took me all of about 30 seconds to find these and there are HUNREDS more!! Don't tell me I can't do something that I've ALREADY DONE!! Also, after doing my own research; I went to buy the supplies and told the paint salesman about the job I was doing and the paint that was suggested ONLINE and he said "Yep, that sounds exactly like what you need." It worked brilliantly!!

By the way, after I painted my house, I helped my neighbor paint his!!

myfather15
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myfather15 03/04/14 - 10:08 am
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I suppose I also can't learn

I suppose I also can't learn to COOK online either!! Since I'm a person who never cooked anything before a few years ago, and I LEARNED a lot online!! I also learned a LOT of great tips on barbeque online and the results have been spectacular!! Just ask my neighbors!!

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 10:18 am
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It is much easier to get

It is much easier to get access to information on how to do a job yourself these days than before the internet.

Which leads me to the statement that those who want to learn and succeed have no excuse. It is out there and it is free.

The problem is that Johnson and the Democrats going forward have produced a dependency class which does not expect to have to do anything for their subsistence, which in many cases is better than the working poor.

reader54
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reader54 03/04/14 - 10:24 am
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half full?

It's not very difficult to imagine a positive point, in regards to good intentions, and the same holds true for the negative possibilities. Why not choose the Positive option for recognition and encouragement in place of "Buzz Killers"? If everyone focused on the negative possibilities, progress would be severely retarded.
IMO, this young man is bright, ambitious, proactive, and will do very well in life. We need many more like him! Go Yellow Jackets!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/04/14 - 10:31 am
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Not to metion

He clearly says his guys get trained by the paint pros at Sherwin Williams. That is probably more than some of the staff of your "professional paint crew" get.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 10:42 am
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Myfather

Your comment reminds me of a comment my future mother in law made.

Try to make this short. First, my husband proposed to ne at a Braves baseball game, fall of our junior year in college, to be wed August before our Senior year started. When he visited my parents and "asked for my hand" they were quite OK with it. My dad even offered to continue paying my side of college and living expenses, INCLUDING HEALTH INSURANCE.

Now his mom was not on board at all at first. It took advisors to tell her she had better get with it.

I can well remember one of the things she said when he told her we were getting married the next year: She can't cook!

His answer: She can read!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/04/14 - 11:00 am
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So he proposed in the old

So he proposed in the old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium? What do you think about abandoning Turner Field and a new Baseball stadium in Atlanta. Personally I think it's sad to see them leave there.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 11:15 am
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We should have gotten two

We should have gotten two seats ftom the outfield years ago when they sold them.

My memories include:

Parking in the housing district during the race riots in Atlanta and walking by a young black wonan sitting on a front porch. Her comment to us was: Are you scared?

My fiancé said: Good evening. How are you?

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 11:22 am
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Now can't remember the last meeting with Jimmy Carter

One was at a Falcons game, the other was at my sister's high school graduation from a private school in Atlanta. He was, as polticians are, glad to see a high school student who had visited his home and had breakfast fixed by his wife.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 11:25 am
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They should stay.They came,

They should stay.They came, they conquered, they used up.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 11:33 am
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My point was that parking

My point was that parking has always been a problem. Wasn't that the excuse to move?

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 11:42 am
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Where did Corgi go? Is she

Where did Corgi go? Is she working, but on Medicare? She is not yet old enough, based on normal conditions and comments from her AC comments.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 03/04/14 - 12:57 pm
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@KSL

Corgi is busy answering emails and phone calls that are requesting quotes from her on getting their houses painted...

grinder48
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grinder48 03/04/14 - 01:53 pm
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Licenses, Permits, Littering
Unpublished

I just wonder if this business has required business license. And I think there's some kind of permit required to place signs in the city right of way, isn't there? I know this isn't a popular position but, while summer work for students may sound admirable, frankly it ticks me off for people to be littering by throwing their fliers into everyone's driveway, cluttering up the neighborhood with their signs and sticking fliers in my door. A friend had these people provide a quote and it was much higher than other quotes. Plus there was the "must let us know today" pressure. If people need painitng they should call a local contractor with a history in the area.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/04/14 - 02:13 pm
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ICL, my brother was a general

ICL, my brother was a general contractor. He built houses. He and my father owned a home repair business for 40 years.

And I sold paint for 4 years for Sears.

Every single customer complaint we got was due to faulty application by the homeowner. There was never a problem that was due to the paint.

Yes, you can paint it yourselves, but it will look that way. In order to do it right, you have to do several coats and spray it- and very few homeowners have the proper tools and the air compressor to do it. That "one-coat coverage" paint really needs two coats to look its best.

We used to shake our heads- people would buy top-of-the-line paint, with a multi-year guarantee, and we knew it would never last that long, because they didn't apply it properly.

Most people don't apply it thick enough, they think if they completely cover up the old color, then it's ok and that's all they need, and that's not true.

It's not just about how it looks- it's about how it wears, and that's the difference between a professional paint job and a non-professional one. That's why all of you that say, "Oh, it looks just as good as a professional job"- yes, that may be true, but it won't wear like a professional job.

There's a reason why it costs so much to paint a house by a professional- because if it's done right, it's very labor-intensive.

As for myfather- you can look on line and it'll tell you how to do a lot of things, but it takes time to acquire skills. Painting is a skilled profession, whether you think so or not.

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