Jackie Turner has a passion for health and fitness. After discovering the benefits of more energy and better mood from incorporating daily exercise, she took her goals to the next level to compete in fitness – and soon became a Canadian National Bodybuilding Champion.
Now, Jackie helps others achieve their fitness goals through personal weight loss and fitness training for women. She does this out of her home studio and delivers a fitness Boot Camp outdoors. She also teaches group fitness classes through Choley’s Fitness and Wellness Training Centre.
Jackie met Wendy Onstein of the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre through an acquaintance – and signed up for Starter Company in early 2015.
“I didn’t know anything about business,” says Turner. “We learned how to write a business plan, and how to manage your finances. They trained us how to present our plans and ideas, in order to get financing.”
“Without the funding part of the Starter Company, I would not have been able to purchase the equipment I needed for my training studio gym.”
Jackie says she benefited from the different business sessions delivered by the program, especially the strategy session delivered by ActionCOACH Kevin Savoy. “He taught us to believe in what we have to offer,” she said.
Jackie credits the program for encouraging her to take the steps to get started – including leaving her full-time job as a dental assistant.
“They totally prepared you. Wendy and Jeanette are awesome support!”