Alita Brown, Owner and CEO of Fitness Together
“I wanted to do something for the community. To get up every day and know that, no matter what, I was doing something to help someone.”
When I was working a corporate job, I kept asking myself, “Am I contributing to the world?” When I opened Fitness Together, I knew the answer. We offer small-group personal training in a safe environment. Even people who have never worked out before can gain confidence and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.
I wanted to do something for the community. To get up every day and know that, no matter what, I was doing something to help someone. So I decided to open my business on H Street in Washington, D.C. It’s a developing neighborhood, and the people who lived there had no options for affordable personal training. I decided to change that.
But right after we opened, construction workers started tearing up the streets and sidewalks, making it hard for clients to access the gym. Business wasn’t good, and I was afraid I’d have to close my studio. That’s when I reached out to the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF). They worked with me to improve my business plan and gave me the funds to help me stay during the construction. Now my studio is thriving, and I’m getting ready to open a second location.
WACIF has been a great resource. They’re always interested in what I’m doing. And they believe in me. Thanks to them, not only is my business healthier and stronger, so is the H Street community. Now I’m busy doing what I always wanted to do — helping people change their lives.
Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations like WACIF that make a real difference in the lives of small business owners and their communities. Little by little, we can all do a lot. Small is HugeSM.
This spotlight was originally featured at https://welcome.wf.com/smallishuge/featured/washington-area-community-investment-fund-inc-2102510.