Celebrating Franchisee Success for National Small Business Week
National Small Business Week kicked off on Sunday, April 29, and continues through Saturday, May 5. Started by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the annual celebration recognizes the small businesses and the contributions that they make to local communities and the national economy. The annual event is hosted by the Small Business Administration, and puts small businesses—like Kiddie Academy franchises—in the spotlight.
A Catalyst for Change, Right in Her Community
In honor of this week-long celebration, we would like to recognize Abisola (“Abi”) Elabanjo, owner of Kiddie Academy of Odenton, Maryland , for her leadership and for the support she provides for families in her community.
After moving to Odenton with her family in 2006, Abi sought out childcare for her daughter, but was dissatisfied with all of the viable options in the area.
After experiencing firsthand the need for quality childcare while balancing her career as an attorney, Abi set her sights on opening her own childcare business. She was familiar with Kiddie Academy because she had a nephew attending another local location, and was impressed with its curriculum.
Taking the First Step
Upon reaching out to the Development team for information on franchising, she knew Kiddie Academy was the perfect fit because of the comprehensive franchise support the team provided her. Abi’s realized her long-time dream in 2016 when Kiddie Academy of Odenton opened its doors.
What’s more, just two short years later, the business is being recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. This prestigious award honors a minority-owned business that has demonstrated a history of growth in sales/profitability, increasing number of employees, or materially improving the business climate in the area.
This recognition is encouraging to Abi, as it shows that her community appreciates the services that Kiddie Academy of Odenton provides for local families. Now, as the community and need for childcare continues to grow, Abi is already planning for the development of her second location.
Small Businesses Build Strong Communities
This Small Business Week, take a moment to remind your clients and supporters why you do what you do. Join other small businesses and share your inspiration using the hashtag, #MySmallBizWhy. Check out MySmallBizWhy.com and see what inspires other small businesses.
Hats off to Abi and to the incredible impact and contributions Kiddie Academy franchisees make all year long.