Small Business Success Story: Making Math Her New Mission

As her retirement from a 20-year U.S. Navy career drew near in 2011, Dr. Jennifer Nicholls began an extensive job search. She wasn’t even considering starting her own business until she discovered the Mathnasium franchise.

She explains, “My father was a math teacher, and I have always been good at math. Education is really my passion, but I wasn’t interested in getting a credential so I couldn’t go the pure teaching route. Mathnasium seemed like a great fit combining my passion for education with my extensive program management experience.”

While investigating ways to utilize her Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for business funding, she found Guidant. Mathnasium, coincidentally, also recommended Guidant’s services. “The process with Guidant was very easy to navigate,” notes Nicholls. “ They answered all of my questions—even the silly ones. The sales team, legal counsel and tax folks were/are extremely helpful and continue to answer any questions to this day.”

Nicholls credits her years as a Naval Officer for her strong work ethic, leadership skills and accountability. “These are all things that were introduced to me early on, but the military recognizes and rewards these attributes in a stronger way than I have observed in the civilian world.”

Jennifer Nicholls was the first recipient of our veteran scholarship award.

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