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After each spending about 28 years in the software consulting industry, Swati and Sunil Kapdi decided to open a nationally acclaimed private early childhood education center known for its play-based curriculum and individualized learning experience. 

Teaching has been my passion since high school,” Swati said. I used to do tutoring for elementary, middle and high school children during the initial years of my career.” 

This is the second The Goddard School to open in Georgetown proper this year, reflecting the community’s rapid growth. Swati and Sunil fulfilled their dream of opening their own preschool to meet the demand for early childhood education options in the area. 

We love to be around children, and we are committed to providing them the best education and support in their early years of development,” Swati said. We feel fortunate to be able to influence them during their developmental stages and make an impact in their life. 

The newly constructed preschool, located at 3740 Williams Drive, officially opened on Jan. 2. More than 180 children ages six weeks to six years old will attend the preschool and experience its unique play-based learning curriculum. They will also provide before/after school programs and summer camp programs for elementary children.  

The preschool is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

For more information about the newest The Goddard School in Georgetown (Williams Drive), TX, visit www.goddardschool.com/austin/georgetown-williams-drive-tx. 

The Goddard School Winter Garden FL

The Goddard School located in Winter Garden officially opened on Monday, Nov. 4, and is now enrolling!

Pam King, onsite owner of the newest Goddard School, always had a strong passion for working with children. She previously owned a Goddard School in Alpharetta, Georgia, and was involved in owning and operating several Goddard Schools over the course of two decades before her family moved to the Winter Garden area about six years ago. Prior to that, she worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

When Pam and her husband, Shawn, moved to Florida, they saw there was a need in Winter Garden for a high-quality early childhood education program that provides a play-based learning experience in a nurturing environment and decided to open a Goddard School.

“When many of our friends and co-workers in the area described their preschool experiences, we realized the impact we could make in our new community,” Pam said. “Overall, we look forward to raising the level of preschools available in the area. As we implement the Goddard philosophies and practices, we will bring the same value we have been providing to families for more than 20 years.”

 

The newest Goddard School, located in 2007 Avalon Road will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about The Goddard School located in Winter Garden and the upcoming grand opening event, visit www.goddardschool.com/Winter-GardenFL.

Goddard School photo from Franchise Times Top 200

 

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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In his latest contribution to Forbes, Paul Koulogeorge, VP of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations for Goddard Systems, Inc., explains how the company overhauled its corporate communications and offers insight and advice on how other leaders can benefit from improving the way they communicate.

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Last week, I hopped on a video conference with a client, and the first thing he said to me was that I looked tired. As a career consultant, that’s never the first thing you want to hear from a client you’re supposed to be motivating and energizing. I actually was exhausted after a couple long nights with our 11-month old struggling to sleep with her cold.

However, it reminded me that when you’re the face of your business, there often isn’t room for you to look tired, even when you are. Your business’s survival and growth depends on your ability to show up at every single client engagement full of energy and enthusiasm so you can not only get the job done but also give your clients the confidence to know you can get the job done.

Being self-employed involves more than just building a business from scratch, bringing in clients, and delivering a useful service or product. It involves maintaining a positive mindset and firm belief that you absolutely will succeed so you can always bring your A-game to everything you do.

While running my own business has been incredibly rewarding, and I wouldn’t trade it for a stable full-time corporate job like the one I used to have, self-employment has also been the most challenging professional endeavor of my life. Building my own personal brand, managing all aspects of my business, and figuring so many things out on my own without any sort of roadmap to guide me can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of small businesses don’t survive beyond the first few years, a statistic that always looms in the back of my mind. So here are two principles I’ve kept in mind that have helped me stay productive during the more challenging parts of my own journey when I felt like stepping off the gas.

Don’t Celebrate Too Soon

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Last year, I was invited to be a presentation skills trainer at the European headquarters of a large corporation. After a few discussions over the phone, I eventually traveled to meet the team in person, and after my initial pitch presentation, they seemed impressed. They even went on to ask me whether I could share a proposal to roll out my public speaking workshops to several more of their offices in Europe. They agreed to my fees, and we even booked tentative dates. Everything looked promising.

When I was confirming final details, I literally never heard from them again.

The workshops never happened. The opportunity fizzled out. Just like that. To this day, I still have no idea why. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a big opportunity come up, just to have it fall through later. Or to get excited about a new collaboration, only to later find out about some catch. Or to feel like I’ve finally found the perfect person or team to hire, only to later realize it wasn’t meant to be. 

These days, I make a point not to celebrate too soon. I, of course, remain committed and engaged through to the end, but I try to detach myself from an assumed outcome to avoid a bigger let down in case things don’t work out. This mentality also forces me to ensure I’m still working hard to earn business, create other content, or nurture other client relationships so I’m not dependent on any single engagement necessarily proceeding.

Remember That Seeds Can Sprout At Any Time

 

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When I look out into the sea of independent business owners and solopreneurs, it’s hard not to notice those who have built a huge following or achieved enormous growth, especially because these exact people tend to be the ones featured in the popular press.

On the other hand, having run my own business now for five years, although it’s grown steadily, I’ve never felt like I’ve achieved a similar level of explosive growth. When I put out my first podcast episodes, I had hundreds of listeners, not thousands. When I posted my first career change videos and blog posts online, I got a handful of views, not millions. 

I sometimes wonder if my efforts will eventually bear some real fruit.

Sometimes they do, but sometimes, they don’t. So I just try to remind myself that you just never know when the seeds you plant will finally sprout.

I’ve had former colleagues whom I worked with over a decade ago become clients. I’ve had videos I posted online years ago lead to a big keynote speaking opportunity. I’ve had article pitches initially fall on deaf ears, but eventually get published months, even years later.

You just really never know when you will turn a corner. Keeping this in mind can help you keep going when you feel like throwing in the towel.

Maintaining A Positive Mindset Is Critical To Growth

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I’ve had plenty of times when I didn’t gain the traction I wanted to after a ton of work. Remembering that business ownership is indeed challenging and doing my best to be persistent during these inevitable moments of frustration has helped me stay on track and remain in the game through the tough times.

I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but five years in, my business continues to expand, my work remains incredibly fulfilling, and I can’t imagine walking away from this dynamic, rewarding ride as a self-employed business owner anytime soon.

 

This article was written by Joseph Liu from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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Goddard  Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, which is focused on learning through play, has begun accepting applications for the 11th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to one high school senior who graduated from The Goddard School prekindergarten or kindergarten program. This distinguished scholarship honors an alumnus whose work ethic and overall demeanor parallel that of Anthony A. Martino, founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Finalists are selected based on expressed goals and aspirations, academic record, participation in school, community service, work experience and a video submission. Through the awarding of $100,000 to date, the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship allows The Goddard School Franchise the opportunity to help college-bound alumni in their pursuit of higher education.

“For more than 30 years, our mission has been to help children become school ready, career ready and life ready. We are thrilled to continue supporting our alumni in communities throughout the country with the Anthony A. Martino scholarship program,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “To date, we have awarded $100,000 through the scholarship, which has been as rewarding for us as it has been for the students who received the support for college.”

Applications must be submitted by March 12, 2018, to be considered for the scholarship. The finalists for the scholarship will be selected and notified on or before April 3, 2018, and announced on Goddard System, Inc.’s social media accounts by April 23, 2018. The winner of the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship will be selected and notified by before May 1, 2018.

For more information on scholarship rules and criteria, please visit www.goddardschool.com /scholarship. For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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