BodyFuel Fitness – eBridge Fund Success Story
Business: BodyFuel Fitness
Address: 30747 E Expressway 83, San Benito, TX 78586
Business Owners: Mirelle A. Aranda and Fernando E. Villanueva
Briefly describe your business and its unique offerings:
BodyFuel Fitness San Benito stands out with its exceptional fitness equipment and private space, catering to our customers' needs. Our barbell classes follow a rigorous bodybuilding style of workout, with strategically arranged equipment that facilitates easy instruction and encourages members to work together. Our cycling studio offers high-intensity training synced to music, creating an energizing experience for our participants.
What makes your business unique or different from competitors?
The eBridge Fund provided us with the necessary tools to launch our business successfully. As we continue to share our passion for the fitness industry, our product offerings expand, and our talent shines through. We are committed to creating a positive community and believe that the initial challenges of starting a business will be outweighed by the ultimate rewards of our hard work.
How do you contribute to the local community or economy?
We offer our services to a diverse population, including seniors, children, teachers, nurses, individuals with special needs, and various other professionals and communities, all at reasonable prices. By promoting physical and mental well-being through exercise, we aim to contribute to the overall health of our local community.
How did you utilize the loan from eBridge Fund to address your business needs?
With the assistance of the eBridge Fund, we were able to fund construction and equipment purchases. Construction involved the completion of restrooms, lockers, office equipment, insulation, AC units, flooring, and electrical and mechanical requirements. Equipment purchases included squat racks, weights, indoor cycling bikes, turf, sleds, and battle ropes, all essential for the successful execution of our barbell classes.
What message would you like to share with those who are skeptical about seeking financial assistance for their business?
Have faith in your talents. If you are the best at what you do, there is no need to fear making an investment. Trust in your product, and with the assistance of financial support, you can further grow and develop your business.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your business journey or the impact of eBridge Fund's loan?
The eBridge Fund has been instrumental in equipping us with the essential resources for a successful business launch. Beyond providing financial assistance, the eBridge Fund understands the significance of offering additional support to small businesses. One of the key requirements of the eBridge Fund is the development of a comprehensive business plan. Thankfully, we had access to the valuable resources that led us to Mr. Arturo Gonzalez from UTRGV SBDC. Mr. Gonzalez played a pivotal role in guiding us through the process of creating a robust business plan, serving as the crucial initial step in turning our entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.
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ABOUT THE EBRIDGE FUND:
The eBridge Fund program is designed to provide a more viable option for businesses in Cameron County that cannot obtain conventional bank financing or need a more competitive rate than current market rates. The objective of the eBridge Fund is to serve as an economic development tool to encourage business retention and expansion, relocation of businesses to Cameron County, and assist new start-ups that will retain and create employment opportunities and stimulate investment in the community.