A third-generation Pilates instructor teaching since 2005, Jennifer Politte decided in 2013 that she wanted to open a studio of her own. “I wanted to create a community of people that support one another and have fun at the same time,” she says. Pilates on the Bay, her classical Pilates studio, offers private, semi-private, and group classes.
When Politte was in the planning phase of opening her studio, she knew she would need a bank loan. She turned to SCORE for guidance writing her business plan and ultimately securing a loan.
She worked with Ray Robertson to put together a business plan. “He helped me iron out the important details so that I would have a realistic blueprint for my business,” she recalls. “He also helped me flesh out and describe what I would be risking on my end so that bank would see that I was invested in my business venture as well.”
Robertson met with Politte about 10 times during that initial business-planning phase, but Politte says he checks in to see how she’s doing how that her business has grown.