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Denise Adusei

Denise Adusei

Denise Adusei
Peartree Center Preschool
Columbia-Harlem SBDC

Denise Adusei, an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, is planning for PearTree Center Preschool with a desire to provide a healthy school to develop healthy children and support a healthy planet. It will be one of the first eco-healthy preschool facilities in New York City and is slated to open in Harlem in 2012. Denise consulted the Columbia-Harlem SBDC for assistance with securing financing and to add to her network of sounding board advisors. As Denise explains it, “My graduate school education provided a solid platform. The SBDC was instrumental in terms of pressing the ‘go’ button on my enterprise.”

Since her first meeting with SBDC, Denise has secured financing from several sources, including a grant from her first place win at the 2011 New York Public Library’s StartUP Competition, a loan from NYBDC, and additional funding from a socially-conscious venture capital firm. The SBDC also helped her find legal counsel, and after viewing several locations, secure a contract for space. The SBDC assistance has enabled Denise to focus her energies on the other necessary aspects of a preschool startup – completing various Department of Building/Health screens, finalizing the curriculum, and extending the eco-brand of the facility to include healthy food and organic toy options for the children. PearTree Center will provide quality and healthy preschool option for the Harlem community, and also will provide new localized employment opportunities. “Services like the SBDC are imperative for small business growth,” Denise reflects, “I am thankful to have found them and be able to think of my venture in a way that has positioned it for growth.”