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BK International Education Consultancy

Submitted by: Bejanae Kareem
Business Website: http://www.bkconsultancy.org
State: Georgia
City: Atlanta

Business Description

BK International Education Consultancy’s vision is to nurture the natural curiosity of youth through authentic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning experiences.

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

BK International Education Consultancy (BKIEC) is one of the BEST small businesses because we are a dynamic, woman-owned company that equips K-12 educators and students in high-poverty school communities with various science, technology, engineering, and math activities to make learning fun and engaging. One service that we are most proud of is our STEM Immersion Interactive Labs were both teachers and students learn side by side. We receive great feedback on how this is an innovative approach to learning new concepts. BKIEC is also BEST because we embody SAM's Club and SCORE's core value of giving back. BKIEC not only provides authentic learning experiences for teachers and students, we also strive to close the STEM workforce gap and provide families with tools and resources to best prepare youth for a technology-rich world. Since BKIEC's inception in 2012, we have impacted over 5000 students, teachers, and families and consistently increased revenue.

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

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Working with our SCORE mentor has tremendously helped grow business professionally and personally! With the heart of a teacher, BKIEC was launched with little to no business development, marketing, or strategy knowledge. However, since working with SCORE, we gained business insight and strategy to propel our social entrepreneurial efforts forward. As a result, BKIEC has seen consecutive revenue and service growth over the past two years. Now we are in the position to expand and build capacity for new service options and areas, partnerships, and staff.

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

BKIEC has increased in both revenue and community impact. With guidance from our SCORE Mentor, revenues have grown 222% from 2016. Since BKIEC's inception in 2012, we have impacted over 5000 students, teachers, and families in various Georgia school communities to become STEM literate. As we move forward in 2018, BKIEC will 1) hire high-quality staff to build capacity 2) expand to serve school communities nationally and internationally 3) continue to receive exceptional feedback from our clients 4) form alliances with like-minded non-profits serving our target audience 5) sell goods to consumers through mail or the Internet and 6) increase revenue.
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