Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Small Business Success Story - Harmony Early Learning

Each year the New York Small Business Development Center recognizes outstanding small businesses in a variety of ways.  This Success Story from the  Farmingdale SBDC appears in our 2015 Annual Report


Allison Ulin
Harmony Early Learning
Farmingdale SBDC


Allison Ulin, the owner of Harmony Early Learning, started her career in the child care industry by entertaining at children’s parties, writing children’s music and teaching Music Together classes. She held on to the dream of owning her own child care center that would give parents a sense of peace that their children are being cared for in a safe and fun environment. In 2012, Allison visited the Farmingdale SBDC looking for guidance with starting her business and working through permitting issues. With the help of SBDC Advisor Erica Chase-Gregory, Allison finished her business plan and developed financial projections. She secured a private loan in the amount of $550,000. 

Harmony, which opened in 2013, provides a place where children can learn, create, and explore the world around them. In its first year, Harmony served 5 children and offered a separate summer program for several children. Harmony Early Learning has grown to be a profitable and well-respected child care program that currently has 51 students in four fully enrolled classes including an infant room, a waiting list of 8. Allison recently refinanced the original loan and purchased the building in which Harmony is located. Her next goal is to open a second location, and she is working with the SBDC to research properties and financing options. 

“My partnership with the SBDC has been an incredible experience. With the help of the advisors, my business went from an idea to reality. Not only has the SBDC helped my company start, it also continues to help it grow.” 

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