Small business profile: Counselors focused on promoting health
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: The Offices of Sara Cote, Wendy K. Hammond and Julie Laraway, LMFTs BUSINESS ADDRESS: 23560 Lyons Ave. #101, Newhall, CA 91321 PHONE: (661) 799-9905 E-MAIL: [email protected] OWNER: Sara Cote, Wendy K. Hammond and Julie Laraway ESTABLISHED: July 2006 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Three DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We are licensed marriage and family therapists providing services to the community in the form of individual, family and group psychotherapy. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? To bring services to a community that had a need for specialists in the domain of child and family mental health. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? A collaboration with colleagues and market research in a couple different locales. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Four months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Market research, searched for office space, set up insurance, identified advertising sources and obtained LLC status. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $10,000 from savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Colleagues who had set up successful private practices, tax specialists and attorneys. WHAT HADNT YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The total cost of marketing. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $180,000 combined. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To provide effective mental health services for the members of the Santa Clarita Valley community. To further assess need and accommodate to the fullest capacity our experience and scope will allow. To promote healthy families. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees, be locally based and not a franchise. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.