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TUTORING FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN.

BUSINESS NAME: Achievement Center for Exceptional Students

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 5234 Chesebro Road, Agoura Hills 91301

PHONE: 818-874-1455

WEB SITE: acesprogram02(at)hotmail.com

OWNER: Barbara Hofer

ESTABLISHED: 2006

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Two, plus volunteers

DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: A.C.E.S. is a tutoring center that can serve all students but specializes in working with special-needs students. We also provide lessons in social skills, physical fitness and independent living skills.

IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes.

WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? As a special-education teacher, I had found that there were few after-school programs available, especially for students with special needs. I want to provide an environment where children can learn while being safe, comfortable and having a good time.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I have been a teacher for many years and have been asked countless times by parents to recommend after-school activities for their children so they wouldn't spend their afternoon hours in front of the TV by themselves. When my research turned up very little, I came up with the idea for A.C.E.S.

HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Eight months.

WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Developed a curriculum, attended seminars, set up the achievement center space and began a marketing campaign.

WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Approximately $30,000, which was financed through personal equity.

WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Colleagues and friends.

WHAT HADN'T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? How difficult it would be to market this type of business to the community.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $45,000.

WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To provide an inclusive environment where typical students and those with special needs can build relationships in a natural setting while increasing their academic abilities and developing their social skills.

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A.C.E.S. after-school tutoring center owner Barbara Hofer watches as Claire Bachman works on a computer at the Agoura Hills location.

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Date:Mar 24, 2008
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