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Ashburn Blog: JMU pair from Ashburn team with College Works

Two Ashburn teens will spend the summer as business owners, thanks to a highly selective internship program with College Works Painting.

Nick Federovitch and Clay Rosales, who are currently freshmen at James Madison University, will be working with College Works, a company that promotes learning practical business experience and entrepreneurial skills.

Federovitch is an International Business major, with a minor in Spanish at James Madison, and Rosales is an Intelligence Analysis major.

They said they met in the 4th grade while playing in the Farmwell Station Basketball League, but lost touch until they met again in college.

Rosales, a graduate of Briar Woods High School, and Federovitch, a Broad Run grad, will be going door-to-door around Ashburn offering the company's services for interior and exterior painting, deck staining and fences.

While the company is a nationally-based organization, students have local territories to manage their businesses. They have divided Ashburn into two sections and have already started marketing. Their goal is to each produce between $50,000 and $100,000 in revenue this year.

They will manage local professional crews who do the work. Pricing is “competitive” and they provide detailed contracts and daily progress reports, as they hope to have a very high customer satisfaction rating.
Federovitch said they are paid through commission and will receive bonuses depending on how much they sell.

“It is all about how hard we want to push ourselves, we have to be self-driven,” he said.

While prior business experience was not required, Federovitch said the best training he had was competing in DECA at school. He was a state champion and national finalist, which he said really helped him prepare for this job.

This year, there are 72 College Works interns in Virginia, and the national program covers 37 states. Contact Rosales at 703-835-6291 or Federovitch at 703-966-7630.

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