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2018 NCSU + teddslist Small Business Internship Fair Success Story with Anderson Painting

On March 23, 2018 the Poole College of Management Career Center, in partnership with teddslist.comhosted the first annual 2018 Small Business Internship Fair in Nelson Hall on the NC State campus.

This was a great event to recruit talented and ambitious NC State business students for paid summer internships and project work for local businesses.

We had 16 small businesses or branch offices from the Triangle register to attend and 62 students came out that afternoon to talk with the company representatives about summer internships and project work.

The list included:

  1. American Red Cross –
  2. Anderson Painting & Power Washing Corp –
  3. Belmonte Auto Imports –
  4. Carmen Ritz – State Farm Insurance Agent –
  5. Hire Scene –
  6. i2m LLC –
  7. Lithios Apps –
  8. Merchants Sales Company –
  9. Mosquito Authority –
  10. My Hot Lunchbox –
  11. Size Stream –
  12. Southeast Montessori Collective –
  13. Southern National Motorsports Park –
  14. –
  15. Venture Back Office –
  16. WaveTherm –

Anderson Painting is one of the locally-owned independent North Carolina businesses listed on who attended last year’s 2018 Small Business Internship Fair at NC State University. We asked them to share their experience and success of attending and here is what they said,

teddslist: Was it worth it to attend the internship fair for local businesses?

Megan Anderson, co-owner,

There are not many opportunities for a local, independently owned business like Anderson Painting to get in front of strong, collegiate talent. As business owners, Nate [Anderson] and I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in a small business fair where we could connect with students without being over shadowed by large corporations with big budgets and their own recruiters.

I love that you are showing university students that there are employment opportunities in the small, local business sector. Every candidate that we interviewed was well spoken and professional. We ultimately hired Holly [Brantley], initially as an intern, and now as head of our Marketing department.

As a graduate of the NCSU Business school, Holly is knowledgeable, responsible, and motivated. We couldn’t be happier with our entire experience with the small business intern fair, from start to finish. Thank you for supporting small, local businesses!”

teddslist: The fair was good for local businesses, what about the students?

Holly Brantley, NCSU intern/full time employee,

I was very excited about the opportunity to attend the Small Business Career Fair during the spring semester of my senior year at NC State. As I was preparing for graduation I had hoped that the fair would allow me to make connections with local companies that would ultimately lead to a full time position. During my time at NC State, I had determined that a career in the corporate world was not the right fit for me. Instead, I wanted to work for a small business where I thought I would really be able to recognize the impact of my contributions. For this reason, I was glad that NC State was providing an event specifically for students to meet with locally owned and operated companies. Prior to the fair I did some research on the companies that would be attending. One company in particular stood out to me and their needs matched well with what I had to offer. That company was Anderson Painting.

During the fair I spoke with Anderson’s Operation Manager and passed along my resume for further review. From there, one of the owner’s of the company reached out to schedule an interview. After the interview process was complete I was offered a full time marketing internship with the company. During the internship I learned a great deal about the marketing initiatives that Anderson had implemented thus far as well as their goals and plans for moving forward. The internship lasted for about 4 months and then rolled into a full time marketing manager position.

Now, I have been with Anderson Painting for almost a full year and I have really enjoyed working with a company where I have the chance to learn something new everyday. Working with a small business such as Anderson has given me the opportunity to learn what entrepreneurship is all about. My main responsibilities include researching and planning for new marketing efforts as well as monitoring ROI for our current initiatives. This year, the Anderson team has some pretty ambitious goals and I look forward to playing an important role in helping the company reach those targets.”

About Anderson Painting

Anderson Painting is a licensed and insured professional painting company based in Raleigh offering exterior and interior painting, pressure washing, along with siding repair, wood work, deck staining, and remodeling for residential and commercial properties for the Greater Triangle area. 

Nate Anderson learned how to paint as a teenager growing up in Portland, Oregon. Every summer he would work with his youth pastor painting houses. In college he used those acquired skills to start a small summer paint business. Upon graduation, he took a high school teaching job in North Carolina & on a small hunch that he may use his paint equipment again, he threw his paint sprayer in his trailer, and headed East.

Flash forward a few years later and Nate found himself missing the challenges and excitement that come with being an entrepreneur. In the midst of a growing family, he and his wife Megan took a huge leap of faith; they quit their jobs, and started Anderson Painting the summer of 2006. Through hard work, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellent customer service, Anderson Painting grew into the company it is today.

“Our commitment is to provide our customers with the highest level of customer satisfaction possible. We accomplish this by:

  • Conducting all business in an honest, friendly, and courteous manner
  • Valuing all customer concerns and requests
  • Delivering professional grade services, focused on precision, detail, and thoroughness
  • Maintaining continuous communication with the customer with regard to job progress
  • Completing a final walk through and evaluation with the customer upon completion of the job”

 Learn more about Anderson Painting

2020 NC State Small Business Internship Fair

To continue the success for both NCSU students and locally-owned independent NC businesses in 2020, is excited to announce that in partnership with Poole College of Management Career Center will again host the third annual 2020 Small Business Internship Fair on Friday, March 27, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Nelson Hall on the NC State campus which is located at 2801 Founders Drive Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.

Small Business Internship Fair Registration:

Registration Fees/Payment:

The cost to attend the Small Business Internship Fair is $50.  The registration fee includes an information table for two company representatives. Registration fees should be paid in full prior to this event. Businesses may pay by credit card or by check.  Registration is limited to just 25 employers.