Why Small Businesses Matter in New Canaan: Advice at Forest Street College

Why small businesses matter

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Why Small Businesses Matter shines a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods and services to improve our community. The shop local movement is going viral as local businesses who are “tagged” have an opportunity to share their story!

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Four Questions for Meg Joyce, Founder of Forest Street College Counseling.

Why did you start your company?

I started my college consulting business to target, calmly and sequentially guide more high school seniors and their families so they are ready to explore, apply to, and choose colleges where they will be successful. We give students the opportunity to be proud of who they are, what they have accomplished and where they are going.

We are committed to our core values ​​of Accessibility, Excellence, Growth and Tranquility. Families turn to Forest Street College Counseling to reduce the stress and confusion associated with the college application process. We offer affordable rates and engage motivated families to share work as they wish. For students with mild learning difficulties or anxieties, we look at college support to ensure they too can have a positive and successful college experience. And we ourselves are approachable – we are genuine, open-minded people who are willing to discuss any questions and concerns that are part of any study trip. We stay up to date on developments at the industry, university and program level on a daily basis.

What is your best-selling product/service?

All of our college counseling services are offered through Zoom. Students appreciate the flexibility that remote work offers, especially during the super hectic fall of senior year. Students start working with us anytime between the 8th grade and the start of the 12th grade. If students start earlier, we work on high school course selection, summer and activity planning. For older students, we take care of these items, as well as a standardized testing schedule, college roster development, college application review, and college essay coaching. We get to know students and parents and attach great importance to considering academic, social and financial suitability in the college application process.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

For standardized exam preparation, we refer you to local tutors who have proven good results and who are fun to work with. Richard Corn (Math Tutor CT), a longtime resident of New Canaan, is the author of several popular books on SAT and ACT math prep and is one of my go-to resources for families. I have lived in the area for almost 30 years, raised my four children here and sent them to local public and independent schools, have deep roots in New Canaan and appreciate every local customer I meet.

Have you “rethought” your small business?

Each student receives fully customized college counseling services, which means we’re constantly re-thinking our business. Learning about students’ individual interests, strengths, weaknesses and goals is our favorite part of the job.

Meg would like to introduce Caroline to Hays Home Organization next: “I recently worked with Caroline on a complicated move for my own family. She’s helped me get organized around the front line, packing and unpacking boxes, setting up my kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms, and solved all of my storage problems. Caroline also works wonders with cluttered kitchen cabinets, linen closets, you name it – Caroline will set up a system that is not only attractive but, more importantly, makes sense. If so, if you’ve ever wished for Martha Stewart to come into your home and transform your closets and closets into works of art, you can call Caroline instead!”!

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