Celebrating Franchisee Success for National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week kicked off on Sunday, April 29, and continues through Saturday, May 5. Started by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the annual celebration recognizes the small businesses and the contributions that they make to local communities and the national economy. The annual event is hosted by the Small Business Administration, and puts small businesses—like Kiddie Academy franchises—in the spotlight.

A Catalyst for Change, Right in Her Community

Abisola (“Abi”) Elabanjo, owner of Kiddie Academy of Odenton, Maryland.

In honor of this week-long celebration, we would like to recognize Abisola (“Abi”) Elabanjo, owner of Kiddie Academy of Odenton, Maryland , for her leadership and for the support she provides for families in her community.

After moving to Odenton with her family in 2006, Abi sought out childcare for her daughter, but was dissatisfied with all of the viable options in the area.

After experiencing firsthand the need for quality childcare while balancing her career as an attorney, Abi set her sights on opening her own childcare business. She was familiar with Kiddie Academy because she had a nephew attending another local location, and was impressed with its curriculum.

Photo (Left to Right): Nirali Patel, Owner of Kiddie Academy of Arnold and Kiddie Academy of Elkridge, Greg Helwig, President of Kiddie Academy, Adebayo Elabanjo and Abisola Elabanjo, Owner’s of Kiddie Academy of Odenton, Dana Ross and David Ross, Owners of Kiddie Academy of Millersville at the Central Maryland Chamber Awards Ceremony in support of Kiddie Academy of Odenton.

Taking the First Step

Upon reaching out to the Development team for information on franchising, she knew Kiddie Academy was the perfect fit because of the comprehensive franchise support the team provided her. Abi’s realized her  long-time dream in 2016 when Kiddie Academy of Odenton opened its doors.

What’s more, just two short years later, the business is being recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. This prestigious award honors a minority-owned business that has demonstrated a history of growth in sales/profitability, increasing number of employees, or materially improving the business climate in the area.

This recognition is encouraging to Abi, as it shows that her community appreciates the services that Kiddie Academy of Odenton provides for local families. Now, as the community and need for childcare continues to grow, Abi is already planning for the development of her second location.

Small Businesses Build Strong Communities

This Small Business Week, take a moment to remind your clients and supporters why you do what you do. Join other small businesses and share your inspiration using the hashtag, #MySmallBizWhy. Check out MySmallBizWhy.com and see what inspires other small businesses.

Hats off to Abi and to the incredible impact and contributions Kiddie Academy franchisees make all year long.

 

Kiddie Academy of Odenton is recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year.

Kiddie Academy of Odenton is recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. Photo (Left to Right): Raj Kudchadkar, President & CEO if Central Maryland Chamber and Jeff Armiger, Chairman of Cental Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Kiddie Academy of Odenton is recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. Photo (Left to right): Raj Kudchadkar, President & CEO if Central Maryland Chamber, Abisola Elabanjo, Owner’s of Kiddie Academy of Odenton, and Jeff Armiger, Chairman of Cental Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Kiddie Academy of Odenton is recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. Photo: Jeff Armiger, Chairman of Cental Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors, introducing Keynote Speaker, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of UMBC.

Kiddie Academy of Odenton is recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. Photo (Left to Right): Adebayo Elabanjo and Abisola Elabanjo, Owner’s of Kiddie Academy of Odenton with Kiddie Academy Franchise Business Consultant, Treena Richardson.

Kiddie Academy of Odenton is recognized by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and her community as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year. Photo (Left to Right): Treena Richardson, Kiddie Academy Franchise Business Consultant, Abisola Elabanjo, Owner’s of Kiddie Academy of Odenton, Jennifer Sawyer, Kiddie Academy Marketing Communications Specialist, and Sharon Lytwynec, Kiddie Academy’s Vice President of Operations.

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