Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Samantha Walls

The 2019 Young Enrepreneur of the Year is Samantha Walls, Leaps Ahead Learning Center, nominated by Bowman & Co., CPA PC.

  • At age 23, she opened a small, home daycare in the basement of her home caring for 8 children
  • Expanded the business, leasing a newly renovated school building, with current enrollment of 75 students
  • Used all her existing credit and every new credit card offer she could get her hands on and got a $20,000 loan from a private investor
  • Worked tirelessly to create an educational, fun and stimulating curriculum for her student
  • Carefully selected and trained her staff to provide her students with the highest level of care, treating them like family
  • She partners with her alma mater UMBC to provide real-world learning opportunities for current child development students and is a member of the Greater Arbutus Business Association

 You can hear Samantha's story by attending this years Maryland Small Business Week Awards luncheon or you can read it here after the event!


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