Lisa Opolion, MBA, `00, and her husband, Ethan, have founded a successful babysitting franchise that provides childcare for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Nationals.
On track to gross up to $300,000 this year, the enterprise was launched after the couple, both MBAs, found themselves unemployed. Forced to sell their home in Tulsa, Okla., at a loss, they borrowed on credit cards and dug into savings to buy the Washington region’s rights to the SeekingSitters franchise. Since then, the Opolions, who relocated to Rockville, Md., have negotiated contracts with the Ravens and Nationals to provide child care for players’ and coaches’ kids. Instead of wallowing in self-pity when they lost their six-figure incomes, “We did something for ourselves,” Lisa Opolion said.