Mohr’s Explorers just won a Totally Awesome Award for Most Awesome Afterschool Program- NY. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!
Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome Afterschool Program- NY” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Mohr’s Explorers: I would say the fact that we get their kids outdoors and away from their screens.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
ME: I started it on my own, back in 2004, and we are not corporate in any way, shape or form. I closely manage it all, from the program’s content, to the staff, to every little thing in between. We’re a little old-school that way, but from day one, we have been able to keep a small town sensibility and approach to everything we do, while instilling a childlike sense of wonder to help identify the potential of any outdoor setting.
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
ME: Kids spend too much time indoors. Even most after-school programs are in a classroom, after sitting in a classroom all day long. I wanted to give kids a chance to be outdoors, experience all that nature has to offer and most importantly, to have fun!
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
ME: A family gave my wife and I the keys to their vacation home for a week to chill out and clear our heads during an extremely difficult time.
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
ME: Staff members being late.
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
ME: I try to stay on top of things before they become a problem at the last minute.
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
ME: Preparation and organization.
RT:Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
ME: As a business owner, do not spend money on a million things up front before you need them. Build things slowly and all of that will come together when it is necessary to do so.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
ME: Anyone who has ever told me it wouldn’t work.
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