Building a Family Legacy: Hear from Childrens Lighthouse “Couplepreneurs”

At Childrens Lighthouse, our franchisees love what they do – their investment empowers them to invest in themselves, their families and their communities. 

And, for many of our owners, this isn’t just an investment opportunity – it’s a chance for them to build a family legacy by doing something they are passionate about. Learn more about a few of our franchising couples, or “couplepreneurs,” how the franchise opportunity has impacted their families and what advice they have to share with other couples considering going into business ownership together. 

Why did you want to go into business ownership with your partner?  

“We wanted to create something for ourselves that would play into our strengths as a couple and also build something that our children could be a part of.” – Chip and Amanda Palluch, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Two Creeks

“We each had a specific set of skills and knowledge that complemented each other, specifically for the childcare business. Stefani has been in childcare since she was in her teens and I am a CPA/Attorney. We had a lot of boxes checked before we even got started. Plus, we have been married a long time (30 years), so we know each other well.” – Stefani and Steve Kulawik, owner of Childrens Lighthouse Alamo Ranch

What is the most rewarding part of working with your partner?

“The most rewarding part of working together is knowing that no matter what happens, we will continue to be partners for life.” – Brittany and Jamize Olawale, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Mansfield

“Accomplishments and success in the business are that much more rewarding since we are doing it together, and it lends to our life goals. We are on the same page as far as expectations. We do not have to rely on or consult with a non-family owner/partner for decisions.” – Stefani and Steve Kulawik, owner of Childrens Lighthouse Alamo Ranch

What advice would you offer to other couples who are considering going into business ownership together? 

“Make sure you are on the same page and always working toward the same goals. Communicate, communicate, communicate. To be successful, you need to have a unified and agile plan.” – Chip and Amanda Palluch, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Two Creeks

“Extend your partner grace and room to grow. Be ok with stepping back when you see your gifts are better suited elsewhere.” – Brittany and Jamize Olawale, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Mansfield

Learn more about franchising with Childrens Lighthouse and going into business ownership with your partner. 

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