In just three short months in business, Josephine Garrett, owner of Learning for a Lifetime Childcare Center at State and Archer is winning an award for her efforts: The Fast Track Award. Considering she had 19 clients before she even opened in March, the award she's winning from the Women's Business Development Center--just three months after the opening--has the right moniker.
Garrett already had a degree in business administration and worked for seven years as a financial analyst for PepsiCo when she got a yearning to go into the child care business. She went back to school for a Master's Degree in early childhood education, worked at day care centers part-time, wrote a business plan, got a loan--and bought and remodeled the place she now calls her own in the South Loop. She also took a course at WBDC on how to develop a child care business.
Garrett receives her award at the 16th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo on Saturday at UIC.
One interesting side note: Garrett isn't the first child care provider in the South Loop to be honored with a big award. Almost four years ago, another head of a South Loop child care center--A Child's Space at 11th and Wabash--KImberlee Burt won the 2010 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Rising Star Award, also from WBDC.
So what is it about the South Loop that breeds good day care for kids? A fertile customer base creates the need--and I presume good old competition among providers creates the excellence that South Loop parents demand.
Now, if we could get that same mix of ingredients for all endeavors in the South Loop, everything would be perfect….
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