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Biz Bits

George Boardman

Not every college student finds an internship that lets him run his own business, but that’s what Eric Andrews is doing this summer.

Andrews, a 2003 graduate of Nevada Union High School who just finished his freshman year at California State University, Sacramento, is running the western Nevada County operation of Varsity Painting.

Varsity, of Walnut Creek, works from San Diego to Eureka painting the exteriors of houses. Andrews, a business administration major, signed up in February for part-time training in bidding jobs, finding business and supervising a crew, and now he’s doing it. He can be reached at 210-1613.

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Beam Easy Living Center, with stores in Grass Valley and Sacramento, has received a Premier Dealer designation from Beam Industries for being one of the “top central vacuum system installing dealers.”

In business for 25 years, the Easy Living Center operates a 5,000-square-foot showroom at 422 Henderson St. in Grass Valley.

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United Country – Town and Country Realty of Grass Valley recorded the fifth highest sales total of all United Country offices in California for the first quarter of 2004. The office ranked in the top 40 nationally.

Town and Country, operated by Laura Berman, is located at 226 Mill St.

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Unlicensed contractors seem to blossom at the same time as spring flowers every year, prompting a warning from the Contractors State License Board.

The CSLB advises homeowners to take certain precautions before starting a home remodeling or expansion project:

• Hire only licensed contractors;

• Get a written contract;

• Don’t make a down payment of more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less;

• Don’t let payments get ahead of the work;

• Get three bids and check references;

• Don’t pay cash;

• Verify the contractor’s license with the CSLB at http://www.cslb.ca.gov. The site will also state if the license is in good standing, and if the contractor is qualified to perform the work a project requires.

Homeowners can also order free consumer publications from the Web site. ooo

To reach George Boardman, business writer for The Union, e-mail georgeb@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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