GSI Women In Franchising

May 7th, 2020 by The Franchise Development Team

GSI Women in Franchising, Farmington

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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