Description: A child care education franchise that puts you in partnership with a leader of more than 30 years standing. Opportunities: Single and multi-unit franchises available throughout the United States. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Cash Required: $200,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. SBA-Approved: Yes.
David Willis: Investing in the Future
A highly successful first franchise with Kiddie Academy prompts the owners to plan several more locations
With the birth of their first daughter in 2005, Saj and Sunny Rizvi began looking for child care options in their area. Disappointed with the lack of local centers and not having a good feeling for the ones that were there, they explored the possibility of opening a child care franchise. Sunny, having a Master’s degree in education, and Saj, having a Master’s degree in hospitality, were looking for a child care company that could offer both a strong educational philosophy and an exceptional consumer experience. The couple examined several child care franchises over the course of six months before being “wowed” by Kiddie Academy at their Discovery Day. They have worked to bring that same “wow” factor to their academy’s families every day.
Success in the community: Saj and Sunny opened their Kiddie Academy franchise, located at 1040 S. Sutton Street, Streamwood, Illinois, on April 14, 2008. Their tremendous success has incited them to become multi-unit franchisees, with five to ten locations planned for the Chicagoland area. Their passion for high quality child care and the Kiddie Academy brand has helped make their academy the best child care provider in the area.
Goals: For Saj and Sunny Rizvi, creating a great experience for every family that walks through their doors is their number one goal. The couple strives to deliver the highest quality child care possible. They have concentrated on hiring staff that believe in the Kiddie Academy philosophy and maintain an active, enthusiastic presence in their academy. They plan on extending these practices to their future Kiddie Academy locations.
Challenges: As new child care business owners, the Rizvis had to deal with the fact that they were unknown. As they learned the ropes with hands-on experience and support from the corporate office, they had to establish themselves in their market area as a leading child care provider. Their commitment and hard work to overcoming their challenges have translated into increased enrollment numbers.
Results: The Rizvis are thrilled with the results they have seen thus far. They are receiving terrific feedback from families, including comments that their Kiddie Academy experience has exceeded expectations. Saj and Sunny have established an exceptional reputation in their area for not only their services but their commitment to the community. Their consistent success, enthusiasm and dedication have made them stars in the Kiddie Academy system.
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