Solano SBDCFairfield, CA

"Anyone that is starting a business that really wants to create a successful village for your business, it all starts with the SBDC. It’s one place where everything can come together.”

Deanna Hurn

Summary

 The Solano SBDC has provided Deanna Hurn with the 'wraparound care business owners need' as she has grown Miracle Math Coaching over the last decade

Challenge:

When Deanna Hurn opened Fairfield’s Miracle Math Coaching 12 years ago, she admits she did not know the first thing about running a business.

Hurn had a vision for Miracle Math Coaching. She wanted to develop a program inspired by brain-based learning and bring on other academic coaches. 

She reached out to the Solano SBDC and after connecting with an advisor, enrolled in Solano’s 11-week NxLevel program for entrepreneurs.

Game Plan

Through NxLevel, Hurn developed and presented a comprehensive business plan for her academic coaching business. She has since grown her business from an at-home entrepreneur to a company with 20 academic coaches and hundreds of students.

NxLevel helped her gain confidence and knowledge in operating a business. She credits the program as a key component to Miracle Math's success.  

Two years after completing NxLevel, Hurn moved her business to downtown Fairfield and hired coaches to join her. All coaches are trained in Miracle Math’s brain-based learning model and create individualized learning plans for students.

Hurn decided the SBDC would always be a part of her business. It is a commitment she has never wavered from.  In 2017, the Small Business Administration, which provides federal funding to the SBDC, selected Hurn for the Emerging Leaders USA program.

 

Results

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit and academic coaching transitioned online, Hurn regularly checked in with her advisor.  

It is because of her 'village of support' that she has been able to steer her business through the pandemic. Miracle Math Coaching has maintained its level of service to their clients, which includes many children in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, through online coaching and socially distanced in-person sessions.

She also received a $12,900 Rebuild Solano’s Small Businesses Grant that went towards supporting the transition to online coaching. 

For more information, visit miraclemathcoaching.com.

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