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Paws for Peace, LLC: Teaching Kids that Kindness Counts! – Graduate Feature: Caryn

5 Dec

Caryn Reitkopp has passion like no other! Her Master’s Degree in Education and more than 25 years of experience in various academic settings make her the ideal person to start Paws for Peace, LLC; a company that provides educational programs for pre-school age children. Her on-site workshops and field trips will teach young children compassion for all living things. Through the use of small animals and puppets, her offerings will promote empathy and kindness in children to help prevent violence and aggressive behavior before their value systems are set by age five.

Caryn has always been an animal lover and dreamed of becoming a humane educator for more than 15 years. Her sister and EWI board member, Melissa Reitkopp, encouraged Caryn to enroll in the Entrepreneur Training for Success course more than a year ago to pursue her dream. Caryn took her advice and is looking forward to making an impact in the world one child at a time.

Adjusting to the fast pace of ETS and keeping up with deadlines helped keep Caryn on track and produce a final business plan that is a major step in starting Paws for Peace, LLC and becoming an empowered entrepreneur!

Caryn hopes to one day purchase a farm and share the space and responsibility of running it and caring for the animals with other small businesses. Through Paws for Peace, LLC, she wants to build a community that will target different markets, yet all benefit from the space and the animals. She may even extend her business to include older students, senior citizens and children with special needs.

Caryn has witnessed her own son and young relatives expressing unique kindness to animals and sharing their opinion with their peers. Considering the recent movement against bullying in schools, Caryn is confident that her program can make the difference that she wishes to see in the world. We all could learn from Caryn and help make the world a kinder place to live for all.

– Charlia Acree
Rockville ETS Intern


Graduate Feature: Cake Artists Lyzbeth and Elda

19 Nov

Lyzbeth and Elda met through their daughters, who are both in pre-school. Soon, they became good friends and realized that they both shared the same passions—love for their children and love for celebrations. Both women are self-taught bakers and their company, “D’Ellizia” was founded after many friends urged them to enter competitions, create a business, and seek out wider opportunities to market their spectacular talent. Together, they work to make “dreams out of cakes.” What they love about their business is that it is a fun and unique job and there is never a day that is the same because no cake is alike. They see every cake as a new challenge and every time they come back triumphant!

A Peruvian native, Lyzbeth moved to Arlington 10 years ago, and when she had her first daughter, she knew she wanted to keep the same traditions alive that she grew up celebrating in Peru—particularly when it came to celebration. Coming from a Mexican family, Elda has been surrounded by celebration her whole life, and has always to share with others the wonderful parties she makes for her four children filled with spectacular centerpieces such as piñatas and cakes. Both women knew they had a remarkable talent and made a great team, but were not reaching maximum potential when it came to marketing and sales. That is the moment when Elda and Lyzbeth turned to EWI and began working to make their visions a successful business reality. They have received expert advice on pricing techniques, budgeting, and legal aspects—all of which have contributed to their concrete and modified business plan.  According to Lyzbeth, “I feel that this training helps you not only to grow at a business level but to believe in yourself and boost your confidence so much that you feel you could do anything.”