About the Biz
- Company: Better Bodies 4 Us, LLC
- Who we spoke with: Charleszetta Smith Ford, Owner
- Year established: 2007
- Website: Betterbodies4us.com
- Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Get to Know: Better Bodies 4 Us, LLC
Better Bodies 4 Us offers “mobile” youth fitness classes, a literacy program for K-2 children, and onsite corporate fitness classes for adults.
What resource organizations have helped you along the way, and how?
The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (WBCC) provided a mentor that not only offers suggestions for business growth but also ensures I’m getting the job done. Free classes have also been provided by the WBCC, challenging me to do business differently.
Charlotte Business INClusion helped me become a certified SBE/WBE. April 2019, I bid on an RFQ because of my certifications and was awarded the opportunity.
What business lessons have you learned along the way that you now apply to each new opportunity?
I have learned to conquer the fear of trying new things, even if the opportunities stretch me extensively.
What has been your biggest success to date?
Writing my first children’s picture book
What other small businesses are you inspired by?
SPARK Publications and King Tiger Tae Kwon Do
What’s your best advice for someone looking to start their own business?
Realize from the beginning that business ownership is not easy; the road will get bumpy; however, decide from the start that you are in it for the long haul; and lastly, buckle up and enjoy the journey.
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