Crystal Bohn transformed her love for childcare into an enterprising business that has expanded to four locations, employs 15 people, picks up kids at 10 Billings schools and cares for more than 60 children.
Bohn showed a knack for taking care of kids at an early age. She started babysitting at age 12 and began working at Debby's Daycare during high school. She soon realized that caring for children was something she could make into a career.
"We have worked really hard," Bohn said, reflecting on her seven years in business. "We own all of our buildings and we own our own vehicles."
Bohn always tries to do something special for the kids she's looking after. That means making homemade pancakes or taking them to the library or other fun place.
Bohn said she welcomes children from low-income families. "They are some of my best parents," she said. "If we have a special event, we have a lot of parental participation."
Describe how you got where you are in your career: I started working at Debby's Daycare. I enjoyed working with the kids and learned so much from them.
What's the toughest challenge in your business? Finding employees and working with daycare parents. Working in daycare is kind of a hard job to do. It's not as easy as it sounds. It's a lot of work and commitment and you have to make sure you're there for the kids.
What have you learned from that challenge? I've learned not to sweat the small stuff, because it will get figured out in the end. Another thing is to keep your mind open. Change is not always bad. You've got to be flexible and compromise.
If you could make one positive change in Billings, what would it be? I would have more activities for the youth to do instead of them making up their own things that get them in trouble. Once you turn 12, you can't go to daycare, so I'd like to have a center or a club for them to do stuff.
Which living person do you most admire? My grandpa Marty
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I own all of my daycare equipment and vehicles. We pick up at 10 Billings schools right now.
I'm happiest when...I'm spending time with my niece, nephews and friends.