Wednesday, August 24, 2016
NY SBDC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – Sabrina Samuel, Sabrina's Play Studio
After operating a childcare business for more than a decade, Sabrina Samuel decided to open another business that would complement the services offered at her daycare center. Her vision was that of an in-door play-space in which children could play in a safe environment, expand their motor and social skills, and which would foster their cognitive development. Sabrina's Play Studio is a 1,900-square-foot play space designed for kids from infants up to age 9. The well-organized facility looks like a giant rec room and is divided into areas for different age groups. When Sabrina was planning the new business, she consulted the SBDC about start-up costs, financing and sources of capital. She got a loan from TD Bank and vendor equipment financing, and also contributed equity to launch her new business. Today, Sabrina’s Play Studio is in much demand. In addition to standard play time, the center offers after-school programming, summer camp, birthday parties, children’s yoga, and storytelling sessions. The center also offers classes such as Mommy & Me, Movement through Music.