The SBDC helped this entrepreneur grow by obtaining capital, expanding into a new location and increasing sales by 20 percent.
Hodges left the corporate Fitness Training world because he was convinced he could provide a better fitness experience for clients, so he created Go Tribe in May 2015. He started with three clients and expanded rapidly, but realized he would need more working capital to expand and accommodate his growing clientele. One of Hodges’ friends in the fitness industry had discovered the SBDC hosted by Pasadena City College and recommended their services, thus began his relationship with the SBDC.
SBDC Business Advisor Larry Johnson worked closely with Hodges, helping him create a business plan, identify and pitch to investors, and complete his paperwork to obtain debt funding.
Since working with the SBDC in October 2015, Hodges has expanded his business to include two locations, one in North Hollywood and one in Palmdale. He is also planning to expand into a third location in Pasadena. He has developed the Go Tribe Fitness App which monitors clients’ heart rates through an area of his website called “The Pulse of the Tribe.” He has a very specific goal in mind for Go Tribe. “My plan is to take over the fitness world. We’re creating a global phenomenon.”
“I can’t believe it’s free. I can’t believe that I didn’t have to pay for the services I got. I’m extremely grateful that these services exist, so that my business can exist!” – Chris Hodges, Founder, Go Tribe