In Minnesota, the SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor and train entrepreneurs and small businesses. Women Venture, an SBA Women’s Business Center receives funding from the SBA to provide services to help small business thrive and grow. One of the businesses it has helped do just that is AX Fitness in Minneapolis.
Christine Jaques turned to fitness during a very difficult time in her life—she had lost her job, was living on friends’ couches, and had recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Undeterred by these obstacles, Christine went back to school, got certified as a fitness instructor, and started teaching at a local fitness studio. While there, she developed her AX Fitness model and built strong relationships with her clients, many of whom were members of the Minnesota RollerGirls roller derby team. In 2013, her loyal roller derby clients encouraged Christine to follow her dream and open her own business. They even provided the funding... Read More