For 7 years, I have nurtured and built my business and while doing that I built a powerful brand. One that has not just become synonymous with health and fitness at a high level but one that has become a part of the local community.
For some it is a social place. For others it is a place of control and discipline, and then there are those view it as a sanctuary. Somewhere to decompress and relieve the pressures of the day or week or just life in general. And they come through my doors to do all of that and more.
I own a gym.
Until March 20 I had a very solid and very successful business. I had little debt, a thriving and about to be franchised brand and a solid membership base. On March 20, that changed and like many businesses I was forced by state mandate to close my doors. Member billing is suspended and my income has dried up completely. I have had no income for 5 weeks. Additionally I have lost $3000 just this week in membership cancellations due to covid concerns and associated job losses.
In just over 4 weeks, 7 years of work has been brought to a screeching halt. The bills remain due, the rent still needs paid, but I have been stripped of my right to conduct the business which will allow me to meet those obligations and put food on my family's table and a roof over our heads. And there is no definitive end in sight. We are unable to budget or plan for the future.
I had no loans before this, I don't particularly want a loan now (there's no money left in the SBA program anyways) but unless I can open my doors in the next 14 days, I'm going to be forced to do exactly that.
Enough is enough. It's time to stand up to protect what we have worked so hard for. Let's put Texas back to work!