Sally Drake of Morell is a graduate of the Holland College Early Childhood Education program and the Child and Youth Care Worker program. She worked in the field for 15 years before becoming self-employed.
In 2017, Sally opened Morell Before and After School Program, a licensed, regulated program for school aged children located at the Morell Maples Mall.
The business offers professional childcare services for school aged children before and after school and on teacher professional development days, as well as a summer childcare program.
“The supervisor of another program in the area approached me about her waiting list and not having enough space to fulfill the need for more before and after school care.
I knew there was a high demand and a friend offered me a space, so I decided to take the opportunity.”
It took about a year before Sally put her business plan in action. She sought advice from self-employed friends who were also business mentors. They recommended the Rural Action Centre (RAC) in Montague to assist Sally with her journey to self-employment.
“The people at RAC recommended the Successful Business Basics program, which was beneficial in learning about the operational side of the business.
“As well, I was able to access a start-up business loan. If I have any business-related questions, I call the RAC staff. They take the time to listen and offer advice.”
Successful Business Basics program
Successful Business Basics is sponsored by the Rural Action Centre, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CBDC, Innovation PEI, and SkillsPEI.
The program teaches basic business skills such as planning and preparing a budget, controlling cash flow, tax responsibility, understanding financial statements, and beginner Excel.
“Starting a small business is often about fulfilling a dream of following through on a passion and using your talents and knowledge to turn it into a successful business, such as what Sally has done,” says Martina MacDonald, General Manager of the RAC.
“An awareness of resources is important when starting or expanding a business. The programs and services are designed to assist our clients to be successful, so they can work and live in their communities.”
If you are a new entrepreneur and live in a rural community in Atlantic Canada, you may be eligible for a First-Time Entrepreneur Loan from your Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC).
Future hiring needs
Sally is accepting applications for a summer employee for the summer childcare program. The applicant must be in a post-secondary program and have experience working with children.
For more information, contact Sally Drake at 902-218-3910 or visit Facebook and search Morell Before and After School Program.
To register for Successful Business Basics, contact:
For more information about Rural Action Centres across the Island, visit www.ruralactioncentres.ca or toll free 1-855-297-9898.
For more about the programs and services offered at Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC), visit www.cbdc.ca and click Programs or Resources.