Raleigh, NC, July 29, 2005 --(PR.com
)-- The mayor of Clayton, N.C. has announced that July 19, 2005 will hereby be known as Lois Stephenson Day, in recognition and support of Lois Stephenson’s contributions to North Carolina. Stephenson recently received the North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year Award from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), honoring her for her entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the community. The mayor will recognize Stephenson in a special ceremony at her childcare center’s newly expanded facility located on 100 E. School Road in Clayton.
“I am honored by this recognition,” said Stephenson. “I strongly believe that a small business can make a significant impact on the community and I am grateful to lead an organization that nurtures children, contributing directly to the future of our community. I am especially grateful to the town of Clayton for taking the time to recognize this achievement.”
About U.S. Small Business Administration:
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is the nation’s largest single financial backer of small businesses. This small, independent federal agency of the United States government, established in 1953 by the Small Business Act, has a portfolio of business loans, loan guarantees, and venture capital instruments worth more than $45 billion - in addition to a disaster loan portfolio of $5 billion. The organization’s mission is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, preserve free competitive enterprise, and maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the nation. For more information, please call 1-800-U-ASK-SBA or visit the website at http://www.sba.gov.
About Lois Stephenson:
President of Building Blocks Child Care & Development Center, Stephenson established her first center in August of 1993, providing high quality childcare for children between the ages of birth through 12 years. Her parents were instrumental in helping her learn fundamental skills of planning, writing, self-discipline, accountability, and creativity. When she married and started her family, she and her husband established a farming business that greatly controlled their lives and taught austerity, cash flow management, budgeting, financial accountability, and hard work. After the heartbreak of the death of her son, Lois became more acutely aware of the vulnerability and fragility of children. On her 51st birthday, she broke ground for the future home of the first Building Blocks Child Care & Development Center. She is a founding member of the Partnership for Children of Johnston County, former Chairperson of the Board of Directors and former Chairperson of the Child Care Quality Committee, Regional Vice President of the Professional Association of Childhood Education of North Carolina, and member of the Government Relations Committee, as well as a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Committee at Johnston Community College, and was appointed to the North Carolina Child Care Commission by Governor Mike Easley.
About Building Blocks Child Care & Development Center:
Building Blocks Child Care and Development Centers are 4-star child-care facilities specializing in family friendly child-care for children ages birth through twelve years old. With three locations in Clayton, North Carolina, the privately owned centers have been serving Johnston County for over 10 years, providing safe, stable, and nurturing environments where children can grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially at their own pace. For more information, please call 919-553-1215 or on the Internet at http://www.bbchildcare.net.
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