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Members Turned Into Partners: The Path From the Turf to Franchise Ownership

Members Turned Into Partners: The Path From the Turf to Franchise Ownership

In the latest episode of the Train for Life podcast, we had the pleasure of chatting with Kendra and Mary, a dynamic mother-daughter duo who went from ISI® member to franchise partners. Their story isn't just about business – it's a testament to the power of faith, determination and the support they found within the ISI® community.

Building Bridges Between Community and Entrepreneurship

Kendra's journey started as a member at ISI® Dilworth in Charlotte. But, she didn't just find a gym – she found a family. ISI®'s focus on community and values resonated with her, sparking the idea of becoming a franchise partner. Sure, she faced some doubts from her folks, but with persistence and the unwavering support of our ISI® crew, she made dreams into reality.

Diving into Entrepreneurship and Navigating the Learning Curve 

When Kendra and her mom Mary decided to leap into entrepreneurship, neither of them had any prior experience running a business. However, with Mary's ‘corporate America’ know-how and Kendra's outgoing personality, they formed an unstoppable duo. Their journey is a testament to the resilience and faith that can turn any challenge into an opportunity, particularly for women in the business world. 

Starting from scratch isn't easy, and Kendra and Mary didn't shy away from the obstacles they encountered. From navigating business licensing and contracts to diving into the world of franchising, they faced it all head-on. With ISI® providing the roadmap, they eagerly embraced the learning curve, seizing every opportunity to expand their knowledge and steer their ship toward success. 

Expanding with Purpose and Passion 

Why stop at one when you can have two? Kendra and Mary aren't content with just one territory – they've set their sights on conquering two in the Atlanta market. With a killer network backing them up and a relentless drive to make a difference, they're ready to shake up the fitness world, one territory at a time. Kendra's infectious passion for coaching and changing lives through fitness isn't just about the business – it's about making a real impact. Her hands-on approach to coaching in their facility is a shining example of how combining passion with purpose can lead to extraordinary results.

Empowering Dreams and Building Community 

Kendra and Mary have a powerful message for anyone who’s considering entrepreneurship: You've got this! Surround yourself with cheerleaders, soak up knowledge like a sponge and keep hustling. They understand the importance of having a supportive network and finding individuals who believe in your vision. Their journey is living proof that with a little grit and a lot of heart, anything is possible – especially for women and those stepping into new endeavors.

Kendra and Mary's journey from ISI® members to franchise partners is more than just a success story – it's a testament to faith, determination and the strength of community. Their experience inspires us all to pursue our dreams, tackle challenges head-on and lean on our support systems when needed. Their journey showcases the potential for personal and professional growth, and if you're ready to take the next step, let's chat.

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