Stellar Academy Wins 2004 Success Award
Nestled in the Township of Bridgewater is one of New Jersey’s premier childcare learning centers. Stellar Academy is exactly what its name implies; the concept is out of this world. The academy is owned and operated by two sisters; Ms. Mary Matthews, who serves as the Business Director, and Dr. Margaret Buley, who serves as the Education Director.
Pictured (L to R) Mary Matthews, SBDC Director Sue Johnson and Dr. Margaret Buley
In September of 2002, Ms. Matthews attended the NJEDA Entrepreneurial Training Institute program hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). SBDC Director, Sue Johnson, was a facilitator for the program and assisted Ms. Matthews with developing her business, marketing and financial plans. With their business plan completed, Ms. Matthews and Dr. Buley secured an SBA loan from Valley National Bank. With the essential funding and after a year of careful planning, they opened for business in September of 2004.
Expecting a gradual climb in attendance, Stellar Academy blossomed quickly to 130 children – 80% of the Academy’s operating capacity, and full capacity could be reached within the first year of operation. Visit the Stellar Academy website.