Do you have a hobby or is your home town missing something that you’ve always wanted it to have? Maybe you should think about opening your own business?
I majored in Exercise Science with a minor in business and theatre at Central College. I wanted to work at a YMCA or Parks and Recreation Department planning and organizing their sports programs. Unfortunately, like other college students and the workforce in general, there weren’t many positions available for me when I graduated in 2009. I was lucky enough to turn my summer job in to a full time job at Collins Community Credit Union. Even though I liked my job and the people I work with, I still felt like there was something missing. Because of this I started thinking about things I liked to do and what I was good at.
In college I coached middle school basketball in Pella, IA and had an internship at the YMCA in Oskaloosa, IA. I knew that I liked sports and coaching and knew that my hometown, Shellsburg, IA, didn’t have its own Parks and Recreation Department. I decided that I wanted to work on this. I was also interested in exercising and changing people’s lives, so I started researching 24/7 gym franchises and grants for small businesses. I contacted other small gyms in the area to get their knowledge and expertise to help me decide on what I wanted to do. Because of all the information that I had gathered I was able to move forward.
Once I found a location and had talked with different fitness equipment stores in the area, I decided to create Meier Fitness LLC and the GitUFit Gym. I got a loan from CCCU and one from my Grandmother and I was on my way. I know a lot about our products and services from working here, but the Commercial Lending Department at CCCU really helped me out and got me on the right track. I’ve been open for ten months now and am loving it. I still work here at CCCU during the day, but then I go to the gym at night and finish up there. I’ve got plenty of time to get my own workouts in as well as talk with all the members and potential members in the area. The next thing for me is to start looking at adding sports programs and camps during the summer to really help out the Shellsburg area youth and turn my 24/7 gym in to not only a 24/7 gym but a full fledged Parks and Rec!
If I can open my own business, you can too! Just find that one thing that you’re good at or that your home town or area needs and go to it!
Asst. Member Consultant Manger
Collins Community Credit Union, Wiley Branch
Meier Fitness LLC/GitUFit Gym