Sabrina Samuel wins entrepreneurship award

Sabrina’s Play Studio owned by Sabrina Samuel is the winner of this year’s Statewide SBDC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

According to The York College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Samuel has been a client of the center.

The NY SBDC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to the female business owner whose efforts and contributions have enabled their business to thrive with the assistance of SBDC services.

Samuel vision was that of an in-door play-space in which children could play in a safe environment, expand their motor and social skills, and which would foster their cognitive development. The facility is a 1,900-square-foot play space designed for kids from infants up to age nine. The well-organized facility looks like a giant recreation room and is divided into areas for different age groups. When Samuel was planning the new business, she consulted the SBDC about start-up costs, financing and sources of capital. In addition to standard play time, the center offers after-school programming, summer camp, birthday parties, children’s yoga, and storytelling sessions. The center also offers classes such as Mommy & Me, Movement through Music.

“The York SBDC was very welcoming and my business advisor really listened to what I needed and immediately helped me with my expansion,” says Samuel. “I’m so thankful to the my Business Advisor, Valerie White-Samuel and the SBDC for all their help and support.”

SBDC State Director James King said, “We are pleased to recognize Sabrina for her extraordinary contributions to her community. Her hard-work and dedication have helped her achieve success and accomplish her goals, while at the same time making a positive impact on the state’s economy.”

Samuel was honored along with the SBDC’s other entrepreneurs of the year at an awards ceremony held in Lake George, New York in May.

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