Full Name: Courtney Metcalfe
Company/Business: Discovery Toys
Year Founded: 1978
Tell us about your business: Discovery Toys creates highly engaging learning toys, books, games and music that help parents and others teach learning skills through play. The products ignite the imagination and interest of children. Discovery Toys has a goal to deliver a rich educational experience to each child, including those with special challenges. In the catalog, we include an Autism development chart for each of our toys that addresses six general areas of Autism learning. Discovery Toys values product safety and each product is backed with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.
What inspired you to start your business: I was invited to a party by a close friend and loved the products as soon as I started to play with them. I knew how much my children would benefit from them so I decided to start my own business. That way they could have ALL the toys! It is a great way for me to put DT in the hands of every parent and child I meet. The chance to be able to enrich their lives and make that special parent-child bond stronger, is priceless. As a bonus, I get to help other mothers earn extra income. Whether it is to help make ends meet or buy those things we want for ourselves.
Share one business goal you have: To expand my business nationwide.
What would you say contributes to your success: The great support of my family, friends and the company.
What advice would you like to offer other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business: For me, having my own business is a great way for me to stay at home with my children and bring in extra income. It’s hard work, but well worth it! There may be times that you feel your business is not going anywhere, but stay with it. One day it will be like someone flipped the switch and business will start pouring in. Until that time, work at it, even if only a little, every day. You will see results!
What is your favorite business tool/resource: The online and phone training and support that DT offers.