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The Nanny Loft Foundation

Submitted by: Dilia Coppedge
State: Pennsylvania
City: Allentown

Business Description

The Nanny Loft Foundation’s mission is to provide free and/or affordable quality respite care with professional nanny services, for our societies most underserved families.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

What makes our business one of the best small businesses within the Lehigh Valley community is our desire to help local parents who are either foster parents, single parents, homeless parents residing in a family shelter, special needs families and families having to choose between a chronically ill member and their child(ren). We want to help our families who need a “time out” from life.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Working with a score mentor provided me with the decision making tools to help my initial vision/idea into an actual business. In addition, my mentors were always there whenever I had questions about next steps.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

I believed in my vision so much that I took a pension loan out of my retirement plan to fund my endeavors. I created two entities (one a non-profit) in June & July of 2016. I networked, cocalled and joined relative associations to help expand my support system and vision; by the Fall of 2017 I raised a small amount of money to rent a bus to transport 150 members of a local homeless shelter to enjoy a 5 hour birthday experience celebration for the children, while the parents escaped for an1 hour session of yoga/mindfulness to empower them when feeling distressed with life’s battles. This first event is what I define to be “success” and we plan to bless more families with these services and local community partnerships.
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