We’re certainly not anti-big business but given the cumulative importance of small business development to Kent’s economic future we’re proud to be an advocate for the little guy whose story doesn’t always make the front page. So here’s a salute to one of the newest members to our small business family in Kent — The Looking Glass Day Care facility just announced their plans to open up in the old Steinert Glass Blowing School by the end of this month. And it’s great to see all the help they had from other Kent small businesses to get them off the ground and running — proving that individually the pieces may be small but the support network is large, engaged and growing.
From left are Ty Barksdale, Portage Community Bank; Dan Smith, Kent economic development director; Susan McGann, Ohio Small Business Development Center; Mayor John Fender; Jenny Adams, day care owner; Adams’ daughters Amanda and Emma; Joe Bodnar, Fuller Design Group; and Michael Wiles, Welcome Home Builders.
The Looking Glass Day Care held their groundbreaking on Friday, July 17. The facility is located at 1393 Mogadore Road, the site of the former Steinert Glass Blowing School. This new child care facility is currently being built, and will be operated, by Jenny Adams of Kent. Joe Bodnar of Fuller Design Group is the Architect and the renovation work is being performed by Michael Wiles of Welcome Home Builders. Jenny has also been working with the KRBA/Small Business Development Center.