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Harnett SBC Helps Dream Big Christian Academy Owners Achieve Their Dreams

The owners of Dream Big Christian Academy, Inc., have achieved their dreams of establishing and expanding their day-care center, thanks to help received from Central Carolina Community College's Small Business Center in Harnett County located at Triangle South Enterprise Center in Dunn.

Dream Big is a 4-Star child-care center in Dunn, N.C., opened by Jeanine and Glenn Page in 2003 to serve children ages 0-12 years old.  

They offer before- and after-care for school-age children and a school-aged summer program that includes field trips to museums, swimming, skating, movies and Bible school-type lessons and crafts.  

Dream Big also transports children from Wayne Avenue and Harnett Primary schools for after-school care. In addition, they offer free More at Four preschool to 4-year-old children.  They also offer full-time and part-time care, including drop-in care as needed, and are willing to work with the needs of parents.

Jeanine and Small Business Center Director Nancy Blackman met in 1996 when Jeanine was working for one of Mrs. Blackman's clients. She didn't realize then how valuable that acquaintance would be until she and Glenn wanted experienced business counsel in operating Dream Big.

They became clients of the Small Business Center and the Dunn Area Committee of 100, Inc., in June 2005. Mrs. Blackman assisted them in business planning and finding capital for their business.  

In 2010, when the Pages began to seek funds for additional expansion, they came to the Small Business Center again.  With guidance and support from the SBC, the Pages applied for and received funding for additional expansion to add a 6,000-square-foot building.

The building contains a multi-purpose room, kitchen, offices and several new classrooms that will expand the daycare and house the private school.  Along with the new building, they will also have new playground equipment.   Prior to this expansion, Dream Big Christian Academy could keep 99 children.   With this expansion, 100 more children will benefit from their services and 6-10 jobs will be created.  

The Pages met at North Carolina State University in 1991, when both were in the marching band.  Jeanine graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and Glenn, with a degree in agronomy. The couple married in 1996 and now has three children.  

Jeanine also received a teaching degree from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C., and a Masters in Education from N. C. State.  She taught in the public school system from January 1997 to June 2003.  

Jeanine said she decided to start a daycare because, "the Lord led me in that direction."  

About the same time, Glenn's father, Travis Page, had purchased a property on Highway 301 South, in Dunn, that turned out to be suitable for the business.

The Pages invite people to call 910-891-5100 for an appointment or just to stop by their location at 1409 South Clinton Ave., Dunn, to find out more about their programs and facilities.  Dream Big is open Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You can also visit them on the web at www.dreambigchristianacademy.com for more information.

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