Prior to Mommy Towne, I worked in social service for over 20 years in various leadership and executive positions. My passion has, and always will be, working with at-risk populations such as children, senior citizens, and young families. I wanted to make a difference in our community and help remove barriers for those in need. It was a very rewarding career and one that I will forever be proud of. However, over the years I would find my thoughts being drawn back to a life-long dream of owning my own business. For me, becoming a business owner wasn't based on false beliefs of fewer hours, less stress, or immediate financial gratification…I have been in the workforce too long for those day dreams. The lure of owning my own business was about my family. As a mother and grandmother, I wanted to build something that would benefit the community while simultaneously creating a legacy for my family to build on. I had looked at many opportunities over the years but was never able to find just the right fit. Then my daughter called me one evening with news that her daycare provider was closing. She was understandably upset and having experienced my own similar obstacles as a young working mother, I could relate. However, neither of us could have predicted that this phone call would change our lives.