Archive for May, 2020

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!