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SBA Names Minnesota Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015

Release Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2015
Release Number: 
Patrick Saxton (612) 370-2325

HUTCHINSON, MN – Mary Anderson, President, and Randy Anderson, Vice-President, of SteppingStone Therapeutic, Inc. of Hutchinson, MN, have been named the Minnesota Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Encore Entrepreneur of the Year award is based on success as measured by increased employment opportunities created by the business, development and/or utilization of innovative or creative business methods, sales and profits, and demonstrated entrepreneurial potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.  The business owner must have a three-year track record and must have started the business after the age of fifty (50).  Duane Hoversten of the South West Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SW MNSBDC) at Minnesota State University - Marshall in Marshall, MN nominated the Andersons for this award.

Mary holds a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Adler Graduate School as well as a Master level certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of MN.  She received her Bachelor Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Crown College.  She has worked in the childcare industry for 36 years and is currently both the Executive Director of Kids Inc Child Care and President of SteppingStone Therapeutic.  Mary continues to further her education in the area of Mental Health for Children, and recently completed an 18 month course in Child Parent Psychotherapy which is an evidenced based treatment for children ages 0-6 who have experienced a traumatic event.

Randy worked in sales for many years while at the same time starting and growing businesses. He worked for a total of 33 years in the automotive and insurance sales field before opening SteppingStone Therapeutic. Randy serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SteppingStone Therapeutic, Inc. and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kids Inc Child Care, as well as supervising and managing the couple’s development company, Crown Properties, Inc.  Along with all of these duties Randy is very involved in the community being an active member of Rotary, Gideon’s, and as an elder in his church. 

After having a grandson born with Autism and many years of providing Child care, Mary saw the significant need for quality mental health services and other integrated services targeted to serve children and their families in greater Minnesota.  This need was even more evident to her while working with Lutheran Social Service out of their Willmar office.  In September of 2011, Mary and Randy founded SteppingStone Therapeutic Center in Hutchinson, MN on the belief that “family” is the child’s primary source of support and strength. At inception, the Center employed one mental health therapist, one occupational therapist and one office receptionist. The Anderson’s have been able to expand significantly in the last four years, currently employing a total of 11 people including five mental health therapists, two occupational therapists, and two full-time administrative assistants.

The business is a true team effort with Mary overseeing the people aspect, while Randy’s expertise is in the administrative and financial aspects of the business.  Their current clinic facility is 6,000 square feet, 2,000 of which they lease to Heartland Head Start.

The team hopes to continue their run of successes by transitioning their business to a community health clinic and to obtain a certificate of Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS), allowing non-licensed professionals to go into homes as support staff for the therapists and families. This allows the non-licensed professionals to view the clients in their own settings and make suggestions under the supervision of the therapists, thereby providing a higher level of therapy to the client.

The Andersons will be honored at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards program on May 7, 2015, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.

For more information:

Mary Anderson, President and Co-Owner
Randy Anderson, Vice President and Co-Owner
SteppingStone Therapeutic, Inc.
20288 Highway 15 North
Suite 100
Hutchinson, MN 55350