Junction City business woman LaFarris Risby has been chosen as a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Entrepreneur. 

Risby, who founded Loving Arms Childcare and Preschool, is a member of the 2018 scholar class of Goldman Sachs’ premier program. 

Risby is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant and executive coach who endured losing her mother at age five, teenage pregnancy, domestic abuse, and homelessness. She overcame struggles to live a life that’s a testament to the power of perseverance, officials said.

Her business is the is largest African-American owned business in this community, according to Risby, and she possesses multiple degrees including degrees including one in Early Childhood Education and she is a nationally Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

Though her work, she facilitated a wide variety of early childhood, health, and family-related programs, often in partnerships with organizations around the country. 

Risby, who said she’s a strong believer in early childhood education and family well-being, feels she has a positive impact on the lives of others. She’s a wife, mother, and grandmother who said she’s dedicated to leaving a lasting legacy.

The 10,000 Small Businesses program is dedicated to helping entrepreneur such as herself to create jobs and economic opportunities in areas local to them. It does this by attempting to offer access to education, capital and business support services to people such as Risby. To date, according to officials with the program, the 10,000 Small Businesses program has helped more than 6,700 small business owners in every state in the nation and even beyond the United States. The venture, officials said, has resulted in sustained business growth for alumni of the program.

To learn more about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, LaFarris, Inc, or Loving Arms Childcare and Preschool, please email info@lafarrisrisby.com or call 224-267-LIFE. 

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