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Area UGA student recruiting workers for business training
Tyrel Dale is working with Young Entrepreneurs Across America to recruit marketers and students to be trained as Student Painters for summer work in Braselton, Flowery Branch and beyond. - photo by LeAnne Akin

Tyrel Dale, a Braselton resident and college student at the University of Georgia, is branching out as an entrepreneur and recruiting high school and college students to be a part of the experience.

Dale says he comes from a busy family of doers and he points to a book about ways to make money that his mother gave him in the fourth grade that sparked his entrepreneurial spirit.

Since then, the quiet young man has been growing into leadership roles as a volunteer and at school.

In a class at UGA, speakers from the Young Entrepreneurs Across America presented a way for Dale to build his business management and team-building skills.

YEAA’s “Student Painters,” established in 1987, helps students develop communication and business skills through a summer of real-world business experience.

Dale plans to recruit a dozen workers to be trained by Sherwin Williams as Student Painters. Pressure washing, painting and staining in addition to deck work will be part of the instruction to ready the crew for exterior work.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both local students searching for jobs and for homeowners in search of a quality paint job with excellent customer service,” said Dale, branch manager for Braselton. “I eagerly await my opportunity to help improve Braselton in any way possible.”

For his business, he took his adviser’s counsel and has established his territory in Braselton and Flowery Branch. He hopes to work his way back to Gainesville where he was involved at the Boys & Girls Clubs while a summer school student.

Dale has been reaching out to teens in his neighborhood and at area high schools, including Winder-Barrow, Flowery Branch and Mill Creek. He is seeking to hire marketers to work five to 10 hours on Saturdays and weekday afternoons.

The business is student-run and students will be recruited to be a part of the experience to gain work insight, build their resumes and to make some money to assist in financing their education and living expenses. Providing summer employment within the local community is an important component of Student Painters.

When it’s time to get college-age individuals on board, he hopes to attract University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College students as well as others to be a part of the team that will undergo the Sherwin Williams painting training.

Working with YEAA advisers, Dale has been developing his business plan since September and envisions lining up a summer of painting work for his crews.

While pursuing a degree in political science and working to build a business, Dale is also involved in a legislative internship at the state Capitol, where he is working with the law firm of Holland & Knight. He is interested in state politics, having worked on Republican political campaigns, and the exposure to the legislative process and public policy development is part of his desire to learn how to get things done.

As the local manager of Student Painters, Dale is handling the management, recruiting, scheduling and marketing of the business while YEAA is tackling the accounting and licensing aspects.

“This is a special experience and I am glad to be where I am,” said Dale, who hopes to meet soon with Braselton and Flowery Branch mayors to let them know about Young Entrepreneurs in Braselton in hopes of getting a proclamation for Student Painters Day this spring.

His plans include promotion of Student Painters and the services that can be provided to homeowners through fliers, participation in community events, networking with other businesses and speaking with groups and organizations.

Anyone interested in employment opportunities or in the possibility of Student Painters assisting you with your exterior painting needs, contact Tyrel Dale at 770-778-2601 or

Learn more about Young Entrepreneurs Across America at