My husband and I immigrated to the United States in 1999, looking for better opportunities and a chance to live the American Dream. When we left India, the country’s economy was not well developed. Business opportunities were limited to large operations. We had to start from zero and knew it would be better to do so in the U.S. rather than India. Now, 17 years later, we’ve achieved more than we ever imagined, in large part because of our decision to become Primrose Schools Franchise Owners.
When we explored child care franchising options, we quickly determined Primrose was the best thing that could ever happen to a child. Little did we know, the company would also provide the same promise for us in three important ways.
Education. In India, there’s a high emphasis on curriculum, but a lack of focus on soft skills. We had to learn character skills by ourselves, and society was never a good teacher. We didn’t want that for our children. So, when it came time to put our daughters in preschool, we were excited they would be able to experience the educational opportunities in the U.S. Unfortunately, the schools we initially visited fell short of our expectations for a well-rounded program. In some ways, this was a blessing, though. Our frustrating search helped steer us to a career in early childhood education. After making that decision, a friend told us to check out Primrose and we were spellbound by the quality of the company and its approach. We wanted this, not only for our daughters, but also for parents like us who wanted comprehensive early childhood education for their children.
Community. It was hard for my husband and me to leave our families back in India. But as Primrose Franchise Owners, we are creating a new community here in the U.S. Our family has grown to include the Primrose Support Center Staff, our 20 employees and the parents and children enrolled in our school. We think the best thing about being Primrose Franchise Owners is that we’re part of something larger than just one school or one community. When we meet others around town and they learn that we are Primrose Franchise Owners, they immediately trust us. They know through experience that Primrose chooses responsible and compassionate citizens as owners, so that seal of approval is especially comforting to us as newcomers to this country. It has really made our success possible.
Operational Support. Since we didn’t grow up in this country, we didn’t have the traditional relationships or networks that are typical for other American entrepreneurs. But, with Primrose, that didn’t matter. From finding the right location to helping us choose our general contractor, architect and financial advisors – Primrose gave us options and allowed us to select the right professionals for our situation. They listened to our ideas and we were kept in the loop about every decision, every schedule change and every detail. They let us know what to expect through the whole process. When it came time to open our school, Primrose was there to help set up and train our staff members and teachers. And, as Franchise Owners, we go through training with Primrose as well, making sure we are equipped with the right tools to operate the best school possible. If we need something, Primrose is still just a phone call away.
My husband and I knew that immigration would help us find success as entrepreneurs. But, Primrose gave us the vehicle to actually exceed our dreams. Thanks to Primrose, we’re now deeply rooted in our community and passionate about improving the lives of the children and families we serve. That’s more of an American Dream than we could have ever imagined.