Meet the unflappable Harlem entrepreneurs behind ‘Peartree Preschool’, ‘Curvy Girlz Lingerie’

Two women in Harlem have boiled down the secrets of their budding business success to a single, one-word mantra: Mission.
Denise Adusei, the founder of the Harlem’s newly opened Peartree Preschool, dubs herself a “mom on a mission.” Precious Williams, the founder and CEO of Curvy Girlz Lingerie, says she is a “full-figured diva on a mission.”

The two businesswomen have never met. But they have a great deal in common: Both are 34-year-old dynamos, and winners of prestigious business plan competitions — sponsored by the New York Public Library and other groups — who fulfilled their missions by launching enterprises that fill unmet needs.

* Adusei had two daughters she wanted to put in preschool in Harlem, but the options were limited. She discovered her neighborhood had only 5,000 pre-K seats — for some 25,000 kids under the age of 5.
So she put her daughter Simone on a wait list at one pre-K when she was 6 months old. Three-and-a-half years later, Simone, now 4, is still on the list, even though she will be too old for pre-K at age 5.
“I decided it would be easier to build my own school than to keep searching!” Adusei said. “And that’s exactly what I did.” Simone is now a student at Peartree, which held a ribbon-cutting on Monday at its spanking new home on W. 112th St.