[r85] Rep. Pond commends Second Steps on receiving EDGE Award (4/12/2012)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Start Date: 4/12/2012
End Date: 4/12/2012

STATEHOUSE— State Representative Phyllis Pond (R- New Haven) commended Second Step, LLC for receiving a 2012 Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) award.

The EDGE awards are hosted by the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) and were presented Wednesday, April 11 by Lt. Governor Skillman at the Indiana Statehouse. These awards recognized nine emerging and nine established ISBDC client small businesses from across the state.

Second Steps, LLC, located in New Haven, was among the select group of small businesses throughout the state honored with the distinct award. Second Steps, LLC offers both in home and clinical services to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

“I am so pleased to see Second Steps honored at the EDGE awards,” said Rep. Pond. “Not only am I proud to say this business is in my district, but I am proud because they are doing such great things for our community and making a real difference in lives.”

With a mantra that ‘family is the foundation for success,’ Second Steps, LLC requires parents to be present for all therapy sessions.  They believe the presence of a parent will give them more opportunity to learn by reinforcing the lessons being taught by their therapist.

The EDGE awards are presented to emerging or established businesses that have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana. 

According to Second Steps, LLC communication, pre-academic, social, play and self-help skills are the main focus of the intensive training that is offered. The curriculum follows a developmental progression and is taught using a combination of table-top discrete trials and structured play opportunities.

“Second Steps is acting as a positive influence in the lives of so many children,” said Rep. Pond. “They are helping prepare many young ones in our community with a bright future and that is something they should be proud of.”