Small Business Spotlight: Montessori Academy of Northern Colorado

"The last banker that I dealt with referred me to CEF and they helped me secure my building. I would not have survived COVID without owning it."
– Andrea Coe, Owner of Montessori Academy of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO | Owner: Andrea Coe
Woman-Owned Early Childhood Education Business


Q&A with Owner, Andrea Coe

Give a high level overview of your business.

Located in Greeley, we offer full-day and part-time child care and preschool in an authentic Montessori environment. Our highly educated staff provide quality care for children 8 weeks through kindergarten. We are proud of our reputation in the area and it is a privilege to serve our community.

How did the idea for your business come about?

My mother started a Montessori school in 1970 so my twin brother and I could have the same experience as my older siblings in Iowa. I worked at one of her schools in high school and helped with startups.

How long have you been in your industry and what do you love most about your industry?

I have been around Montessori schools over 50 years and teaching for over 35 years. Maria Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times and her vision was Peace through the Child. Children give hope to humanity. Every day is different and the dynamics of each classroom varies each year.

What shift in your business led you to seek out new/additional funding?

After leasing my current property for 10 years, the owners wanted to sell and I began looking for financing. A banker referred me to CEF where I was able to secure my building. I would not have survived COVID without owning it.

How did the funding you received from CEF make a difference for you, your employees, or even your community?

Right after I secured owning my building, COVID hit. I was able to stay open and secure further funds to help through the pandemic with the COVID Relief loan from CEF.

What recent success(es) have you experienced in your business?

We have been nominated by the community for "The Best of Greeley" list for child care centers, which is a nice accomplishment.




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