UConn Student to Spend Summer as Budding Entrepreneur

University of Connecticut business student Anthony LeClair of Middletown poses with Mayor Dan Drew after receiving a certificate from the city commending him for his entrepreneurial goals.

University of Connecticut business student Anthony LeClair of Middletown poses with Mayor Dan Drew after receiving a certificate from the city commending him for his entrepreneurial goals.

by Brian Zahn | April 19, 2015

MIDDLETOWN >> Anthony LeClair is making preparations to interview candidates for his business. He keeps his marketing materials in a binder and he’s already managing three employees making cold calls and going door to door to drum up interest for his operation.

LeClair, 19, is almost set to run a painting business in the Middletown area this summer. Through the Young Entrepreneurs Across America program, which expanded to LeClair’s school — the University of Connecticut in Storrs — just this year, LeClair has received a hours of training preparing him to be a branch manager for Student Painters.

To become a part of the program, LeClair says he had to confront a “rigorous interview process.”

“They’re upfront about how difficult it is,” he said.

Although LeClair’s major and current interest is health-care management, he’s particularly enthused about the opportunity to run a branch of an exterior painting business.

“I don’t see another internship that gives you full range of freedom, while having full range of responsibility and full range to grow personally and professionally,” he said.

LeClair said his interest in being an entrepreneur began when working for his aunt, who runs New Image Landscaping in Middlefield. LeClair said he’s offered help and volunteered by performing basic register duties since he was around 9 years old.

“I’ve seen how she runs a business and all the struggles she’s gone through,” he said.

“It gave me more of a foundational prior knowledge about what I was jumping into.”

Next for LeClair is hiring a staff. He says when he gets down to 10 candidates they will be trained by Sherwin-Williams, provided by YEAA, to ensure the workers are certified painters.

LeClair said he plans to donate 1 percent of his summer profits to Macdonough Elementary School in the city’s North End.

“I decided that I wanted to do this because I am a 2001 alumni of Macdonough Elementary,” he said.

LeClair said that, as someone who grew up in that portion of the city new downtown, he feels he owes his teachers much credit for keeping him focused and believing in him as a student.

For an estimate, LeClair can be reached by phone at 860-759-5430.

Originally posted at http://www.middletownpress.com/general-news/20150419/uconn-student-to-spend-summer-as-budding-entrepreneur by Brian Zahn in The Middletown Press, “UConn Student to Spend Summer as Budding Entrepreneur”. Published on April 19, 2015, Accessed on June 24, 2015.

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