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"This time last year, we had 27 children enrolled—and as of today I am at 46! Not even a year and I am reaping the benefits of your amazing guidance. Your help literally changed everything and I truly can't thank you enough!  There is a new positive energy in my school and an excitement in the air."

Dianne Islev-Petersen, All Saints' Day School

What We Do

Early Education Business Consultants helps communities build early childhood business programs to create better outcomes for children by specializing in:

  • Childcare Business Management & Leadership Training

  • Childcare Workforce Crisis Training

  • Childcare Business Technical Assistance

  • Childcare Management Software Training &  Implementation

  • Childcare Business Workshops & Business Training Programs

  • Childcare Business Consulting Services

  • Childcare Business Train-the-Trainer for Communities

  • Shared Services Alliance Hub Management & Development Services

We work to create a stable sustainable ECE business model that can be implemented across the board in child care centers, preschools and family day homes. We provide both direct programming and  "train the trainer" so communities have a framework for supporting their own early childhood business systems 

Communities gain foundation for teaching ECE business management

ECE businesses create stronger business praactices 

ECE businesses achieve 
financial stability, lower turnover

Children receive higher-quality care & education

Children have better outcomes

Ready to partner with your community


Early Education Business Consultants LLC will travel to your area and collaborate between agencies interested in elevating the quality of the business model in your local early childhood education industry. We have specific, meaningful experience working on a macro and micro level to implement best business practices for child care providers in a given area.


Learn more about our Early Education Business Program.

Our impact

In addition to the stories shared in these videos, Early Education Business Consultants have been honored by these awards and event presentations:

Child Care Business Training Video

"Raising the Bar" Children's Harbor Conference

Norfolk, VA

Workshop Presenter

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021,2022

Procare Solutions Webinars

The Busy Director's Guide to Building Health Work Climate, 2022

Business Bootcamp, Winning Early Childhood Results, 2021

Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children Conference

Workshop Presenter

2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022

“Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center”  



Awarded by the Small Business Administration to the Hampton Roads SBDC due to Lauren Small's groundbreaking work.


McCormick Center Leadership Connections National Conference

Workshop Presenter

2018, 2019, 2021


Early Childhood Investigations Webinar:
“Systems Mindsets” as Business Solutions for ECE Program Leaders"


2018, 2020, 2022


Source for Learning Webinar:
“Solve 5 Common Relationship Barriers Through Effective Communication Approaches"




“Transforming Local Government”
National Conference




ASBDC National Conference

Workshop Presenter

San Francisco, 2015

Orlando, 2016, Nashville, 2023


Child Care Aware Business Summit,

Richmond, VA

Workshop Presenter

2016, 2017


Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula Directors' Academy

Newport News, VA

Workshop Presenter



Lauren Bio

Our founder

Lauren M. Small, MBA

Lauren is a Consultant and Certified Business Analyst with the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Lauren designed the Early Education Business Program in 2010, encouraging and educating ECE childcare businesses to learn and adopt best business practices, leading to an increase in child enrollment and a decrease in employee turnover.  

As a result of this award-winning program, hundreds of childcare businesses in Hampton Roads have positively impacted thousands of children annually, ages 0-5 years. She now offers a train-the-trainer program through her company, Early Education Business Consultants LLC.  Her company is committed to continually building and adapting - through new training, collaboration with others in the field, and implementing state-of-the-art ideas to innovate the childcare business model. Lauren resides in Virginia Beach and enjoys spending time with her three beautiful children. 


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