Success Story

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Nature Coast Preschool and Therapy Center

Dr. Geist has always made himself available and has been there to answer my questions, provide advice, and make suggestions. I look forward to working with him as we renovate and move into the new facility.

Having been in business for many years, and continuing to grow, Gloria Klement moved her Nature Coast Preschool and Therapy Center to three bays of a strip mall in Homosassa, Florida in August of 2019. In less than a year, she expanded into a fourth bay to reach her licensed peak of 94 children. This rapid growth was aided by her focus of starting at infants up to the VPK market.  She also provided space for independent therapists to work with children needing behavioral, physical, or speech therapy.  This offered parents on-site access to these services with the convenience of being housed at one location. She was also able to maintain enrollment by targeting first responder families who continued to work during the pandemic.

As demand continued to grow, Gloria developed a waiting list of parents wanting to enroll their children. It became obvious that it was time for the preschool to consider a move into a location of its own rather than to lease even more space. As Gloria was busy overseeing the preschool, her husband Paul became the contact with Dr. Phil Geist at the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF (Florida SBDC at UNF). Paul and Dr. Geist had numerous consultations as Dr. Geist provided guidance on applying for the Federal Disaster loans the preschool was eligible for and discussed the pros and cons of various potential locations that Paul found.  Once Paul located a property, although needing renovation, that would meet the expansion needs of the preschool for several years to come, Dr. Geist referred Paul to SBA lenders.

Although, Gloria and Paul were able to get better terms from a private lender, he noted, “Dr. Geist has always made himself available and has been there to answer my questions, provide advice, and make suggestions. I look forward to working with him as we renovate and move into the new facility.”

Nature Coast Preschool and Therapy CenterGloria and Paul Klement

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