teaching best business practices
to preschools & child care centers

improving ECE quality across entire communities
"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:

  • Business Management & Leadership Training

  • Financial Forecasting

  • Technology Implementation

  • Workshops & Programs

  • Consulting Services

  • Train-the-Trainer for Communities

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:


“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
Prestigious national conference in early childhood.


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


2018, 2020


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




Virginia State SBDC State Conference




“Transforming Local Government”
National Conference




ASBDC National Conference

Workshop Presenter

San Francisco, 2015

Orlando, 2016


Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children Conference

Workshop Presenter

2015, 2016, 2017, 2020


Child Care Aware Business Summit

Workshop Presenter

2016, 2017


"Raising the Bar" Children's Harbor Conference

Workshop Presenter



Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula Directors' Academy"





Our founder

Lauren M. Small, MBA

Lauren is a Consultant and Certified Business Analyst with the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center located in Norfolk, Virginia. Lauren designed the Early Education Small Business Training Program in 2010, which encourages and educates ECE 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, over 250 child care businesses in Hampton Roads have positively impacted over 6,000 children annually ages 0-5 years. She now offers the same type of program through her own company, Early Education Business Consultants LLC.  Lauren resides in Virginia Beach and enjoys spending time with her three beautiful children.