Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Nancy Brouillette, Owner of NB Health and Fitness, L.L.C., located in Rockville, MD, USA.

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

My company provides a wide range of fitness classes to various populations: children, teens, adults, and seniors.

Tell us about yourself

In the 1980's, I participated in a fitness class (Jacki Sorensen's Aerobic Dancing). I loved it. I was working as a Bank Officer at the time, and I would sneak into my board room and practice some of the dances. I was recruited to be an instructor, and I passed the requirements and just loved it. Making people smile and enjoy their fitness journeys was, and is, my primary motivator.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Running this company successfully for 30+ years.

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

Having the responsibility for making big decisions by myself. The phrase "it's lonely at the top" is often true for me as I have many contracts (so I meet and work with many people), but I often wish there was someone who does exactly what I do that I could brainstorm with. Actually, there is... One of my competitors and I have become friends, and when we get together, it's like the dam has burst. We talked for hours about our businesses and shared experiences. We also try to help each other. It's a relationship I truly value.

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

  1. Have a lot of patience.
  2. Be prepared for and know how to handle disappointments.
  3. Recruit a strong group of reliable, professional instructors/staff members.
  4. Trust your instincts.

OK, that's 4. But they're all equally important in my book.

Where can people find you and your business?


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