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Building on Stronger Families

College Nannies & Tutors When planning his business, Gillett looked up the Mason SBDC.
“I was a college professor, and the connection with the university
Simon and Caitlin Gillett led me to the Mason Enterprise Center,” Gillett says. “When you’re
starting a business, there are a lot of administrative details that need
to be dealt with, and knowing there is someone to support you
when you run into a roadblock is important. The SBDC helped
us with a business plan as well as financial aspects, marketing,
franchise opportunity, and accounting.”
“We opened in 2014 with 45 employees,” Gillett says. “In 2015 we
had 205 employees, mostly part time. This year we’ll double the
number of employees.”
In 2016 the Gilletts launched a My Sitters app that allows clients
to book a favorite sitter with as little as three hours’ notice. “It
complements what we’ve been doing for a long time—building
stronger families,” Gillett says. The last three words of that comment,
Gillett adds, are the company’s mission statement. “We’re not a
website,” he says. “We’re local and based in this community.”
Gillett noted that his business had $700,000 in growth in 2015
and expects a 60% increase in 2016. “The SBDC is about peace of
mind,” Gillett concludes. “The SBDC is always there and ready to
help if we need them.”

Simon and Caitlin Gillett opened a business because they saw a College Nannies &
need in the Fairfax community they now call home. “When we Tutors started with
moved to the United States, we noticed there were a lot of working 45 employees in 2014,
families without grandparents nearby,” Simon Gillett says. “We’re a grew to 205 employees
couple like that with a young family.” in 2015, and expect to
The Gilletts decided to open a childcare franchise of College double that number in
Nannies & Tutors, a national organization that provides caregivers 2016. They generated
who bring order, organization, and options to family life. $700,00 in growth in
As the name suggests, College Nannies & Tutors provides reliable 2015 and expect their
childcare and tutoring to children “from cradle to college.” “From sales to increase by
infancy we provide child care. As a student ages and requires
homework help, we offer tutoring up to college.” The company 60% in 2016.
hires experienced nannies and sitters and requires CPR training
and First Aid certification. If sitters have questions or concerns
while on the job, Caitlin Gillett or another manager is always on
call.

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