Premier Collegiate Paintworks, LLC
Prebish, John Paul
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It has always been a goal of mine to make a positive impact on the quality of people's lives. The desire to make an impact and do something different was the inspirational force that drove me to start my own company. I had previous experience painting residential homes. I managed a crew after my freshman year of college and planned on applying the concepts learned in college to run a more efficient, profitable business than my previous employer. Taking on the responsibility and risk of a business is a massive undertaking. I decided it would be best for me to start my company before I graduated and see if it was something that would want to pursue as a career. I developed a business plan throughout the fall and winter of 2005 to begin operations in the summer. I began interviewing potential employees in the spring, and hired four marketers and four painters by June 1st. I took an idea and turned it into a profitable business in its first year. The time spent experimenting with different ideas, concepts, and processes has helped me build a lot of character. I have had to confront very real situations in the business world from ethical decisions to customer service. I have experienced age discrimination, and unethical people. I gained a lot of intangible knowledge that will be used the rest of my life. Before I ran my own business I believed a combination of economic theory and financial skills was the backbone of most successful companies. Although these are very important aspects, if a company does not have a good understanding of marketing, there will never be a use for this knowledge. There is not one recipe for success, but this S.I.P is a reflection on the aspects of my business that I found to be most influential to reaching success.