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GSI Women In Franchising – Snohomish, WA

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

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In our second edition of GSI’s Women in Franchising, we’re highlighting Erin Goulet and Lissa Knox, on-site owners of The Goddard School located in Snohomish, WA. We asked this mother-daughter team to tell us about their experience as female entrepreneurs and advice they would give other women who have similar ambitions.

GSI: How has Goddard supported your dreams of being an entrepreneur?

Goulet & Knox: The Goddard opportunity represents an alignment of so many values that are important to us as entrepreneurs. It has created an opportunity to serve families in our community in a meaningful way, to create a supportive workplace for our team and to receive support and guidance from a franchisor that reflects our values. Within our market of Goddard Schools here in the Pacific Northwest we have had the opportunity to collaborate closely with our peers which has been incredibly fulfilling and strengthens what we are all able to offer to our communities.

GSI: How have you grown as a leader and business owner since opening your own Goddard School?

Goulet & Knox: We have experienced how transformative it is to give to others. This is true for our individual business, that doing our best to serve our employees and our families to the best of our abilities are the path to a successful program. We have also experienced this to be true as franchisees within a larger system. The effective partnership among our peers and across our system drives the success of our entire brand. We have also experienced how fulfilling this kind of meaningful partnership can be to our experience as business owners.

GSI: What guidance would you give other women who are driven to become entrepreneurs?

Goulet & Knox: Surround yourself with likeminded women who share your goals and your values in business. Learn from them and do your best to support them and genuinely celebrate their success. This kind of meaningful collaboration makes the work both more manageable and more fulfilling. We are incredibly fortunate to be a part of a network of strong female entrepreneurs through our relationships with our fellow franchisees. We also serve a community of parents that include many women in leadership and entrepreneurial roles. We feel great pride in being a part of these communities of like-minded women.

GSI Women In Franchising

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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In honor of being named one of the Top Franchises for Women by Franchise Business Review, we asked Marissa Pratt and Kristina Ford, on-site owners of the Goddard School located in Farmington, CT, about their experience as female entrepreneurs and advice they would give other women who have similar ambitions.

GSI: How has Goddard supported your dreams of being an entrepreneur?

Pratt and Ford: The incentive of becoming an entrepreneur was cultivated in growing up in a family of small business owners. After graduating from college and working full time, we both knew that owning and growing a business would be far more rewarding than working for someone else! Goddard was the perfect business as it revolved around doing something good for the families and children in the community. GSI is committed to supporting each and every one of it’s 500 schools from coast to coast! When looking into the franchise, Goddard stood out as having a network of individuals who would teach and support us, not only in opening our school, but throughout the life of our School. The ongoing research that Goddard conducts and their outstanding commitment to education, health and safety helps us to remain in the forefront of Early Childhood Education. Having all of this knowledge and education, assists us in operating the best possible school for our students, families, teachers and community.

GSI: How have you grown as a leader and business owner since opening your own Goddard School?

Pratt and Ford:  Hands down, face to face communication is key to a successful business. This begins with our administration team, families, students and teachers. A clear, open line of communication strengthens your School, the relationships within the School and the partnership between coworkers. We’ve learned the importance of helping our teachers and directors grow in their talents and skills. We have sharpened our listening skills so that we might better observe children, parents, teachers and directors in an effort to improve and challenge ourselves as a leadership team.

GSI: What guidance would you give other women who are driven to become entrepreneurs?

Pratt and Ford:  Believe in yourself! Have a mission and stick to it! Be prepared to take risks, to make hard decisions, to fail and succeed, it’s all worth it! Create a network with other owners who you can share successes, struggles and milestones with. The comradery that GSI promotes has been instrumental in our success and growth. We are thankful that we have so many Goddard Schools across the USA who we can reach out to, to bounce ideas off of!

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For the first time, The Goddard School®, a recognized leader in early childhood development and care, has opened a location in Meridian, ID.

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, recently announced the opening of the newest early childhood education facility located at 2009 S. Wells Ave., Meridian, in the Treasure Valley area.

The Goddard School located in Meridian officially opened its doors on Oct. 14 and is now enrolling children ages six weeks to six years old.

The Goddard School is the recognized leader in early childhood development and care, serving children from six weeks to six years. Its play-based educational philosophy, F.L.EX. (Fun Learning Experience) is accredited nationally by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

“We aim to provide the best childhood preparation for social and academic success so that Idaho continues to thrive for generations to come,” said on-site owner Rick Antl.

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After sending his child to one of The Goddard Schools in Houston, he saw how much his son enjoyed it and grew as an individual.

“I have seen firsthand the difference a quality preschool can make in a child’s social and academic development and wanted to bring that to our community in Meridian,” said Antl. “I would like to help other parents to have that same experience.”

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The Goddard School located in Northlake officially opened on Friday, Nov. 1, and is now enrolling!

Susie Patton and Kaylin Walker, onsite owners of the newest Goddard School, previously taught elementary school children before deciding to open an early childhood education facility of their own. They saw there was a need in their community for a high-quality early childhood education program that provides a play-based learning experience in a nurturing environment.

“Deciding to make the switch from our previous profession, we were comforted in knowing that we would still be working with children and providing what children need – a safe and nurturing environment where they are encouraged to develop a love for learning,” Susie said.

“We want to reach as many children as possible and provide the best-in-class programs to area children,” Kaylin said.

For more than 30 years, The Goddard School has used the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

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If you were nearby NE Ralph Powell Road between Woods Chapel and Strother roads in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday, you might have caught a glimpse of construction underway and some people spiking gold shovels into the ground.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to celebrate the construction of the newest Goddard School coming to Lee’s Summit (Lakewood).

The formal ceremony took place at the site of the new School, 3301 NE Ralph Powel Road, where more than a dozen people gathered to join in on the celebration. Those attending the event included members of the Chamber of Commerce, Lee’s Summit City Councilman Rob Binney, community members, along with family and friends of the owners, Abby and Shane Hendren.

“We saw a wonderful opportunity for a sustainable, lifelong business that would add value to the area we love and contribute to our community,” Abby said.

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Abby will serve as the on-site of the School. Abby and her husband, Shane, saw there was a need for a high-quality early childhood education program that provides a play-based learning experience in a nurturing environment. That’s why they decided to open up a Goddard School.

The School has an anticipated opening date of spring 2020 and will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. At capacity, the 10,000 square-foot-building will serve 170 children ages six months to six years old.

Once complete, the School’s décor will be themed around the Missouri outdoors and include wildlife native to the state and various natural wonders only found in Missouri – from the Ozark Mountains to Missouri forests, caves, lakes and more. The interior will be reflective of Missouri’s wildlife and landscapes and include cedar posts and natural stone accents.

Follow the construction progress on Facebook via The Goddard School (Lee’s Summit – Lakewood)

 

 

 

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is proud to announce that The Goddard School has marked yet another year on Franchise Time’s Top 200 list, continuing its 11 year streak as the top performing early childhood education franchise in the U.S.

Franchise Times reports the 200 largest U.S.-based franchisors grew their combined annual sales by more than $26.9 billion or 4.2 percent last year, to $671.3 billion, with most categories seeing across-the-board gains well above the previous year, according to the newly released Franchise Times Top 200+, an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises.

With more than 500 Schools in 37 states, The Goddard School’s system-wide sales exceeded $814 million in 2018, a 9.3 percent increase since 2017. Franchisees invest between $619,900 and $760,600 and earn an average EBITDA of $373,321 per year.*

The franchise system reached a significant milestone at the end of last year, opening its 500th location, making way for setting goals to reach a new milestone – opening 250 Schools in the next five years. GSI is using new and improved strategies, including a location-first real estate approach, to grow the system 50 Schools per year for the next five years.

By leveraging decades-long relationships with developers, GSI will employ a location-first development model. Desirable real estate sites with a high potential for success will be secured before GSI awards a license to a franchisee. This flexibility will enable GSI to satisfy the varied real estate needs of its current and future franchisees and allow more Schools to open faster.

GSI is eager to partner with entrepreneurs who are passionate about running their own business while educating the leaders of tomorrow.

To learn more about how to invest in one of the most successful early childhood education franchises, visit GoddardSchoolFranchise.com.

 

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Bhavesh Patel has been working toward his goal of opening his Goddard School located in Granger, IN for three years, in memory of his late wife.

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Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School, is looking back on more than 30 years of success in early childhood education franchising as it proudly announces the opening of the 500th location in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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