Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dennis Dumas of Get Coached LLC, located in Bend, OR, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a fitness business consulting company. We own studios and help others who want to open studios. We also develop programming and education for the fitness business. We have been part of the development and management of more than 400 studios and spaces on 3 continents.

Tell us about yourself

I am a 42-year-old husband and father of three. I have been almost exclusively self-employed since 1999. My past and life experiences have been the driver for me in this industry. The overarching motivation is the desire to connect people from all walks of life in a positive place with common goals. This is expressed daily across our entire philosophy. The belief that our health is our single greatest and most universal source of empathy is what drives us to connect people beyond race, sex, socioeconomics, and culture.

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What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment has been launching the careers of other entrepreneurs in this space. Also, the impact we have had on those who we have trained. Life changing and lifestyle improvement. Business-wise, in 2018 I negotiated a partnership with the biggest fitness company in the world. This process took me 8 months of endless work.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Having to charge people. I am an expert in sales and fitness, but the passion for people makes you wish we could just open the doors and allow everyone less of a barrier to entry.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Start small. Go slow. Never lose the culture of your business.

Where can people find you and your business?


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