In April 2011, Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) client Brenda Gatewood and her husband, Odis, launched Genesis Childcare Learning Center in El Dorado. Their goal is to serve the growing community while meeting the needs of children and parents. Their daycare provides a balance of “home-like” care and appropriate development activities while nurturing children and encouraging them to grow to their full potential.
Starting with an idea, AWBC helped Brenda and Odis to prepare a business plan, develop financial projections, marketing, and more so they could acquire a loan to get the business started and file as a limited liability company in Arkansas. In the end, the Gatewoods did not take out a loan, but did fundraising so they could make updates to their building to bring it to code. Genesis is one of the only daycares in South Arkansas to offer a unique perk: online viewing. Parents love the ability to watch their children at any time, or all day long, from their... Read More