Gainesville’s rapid growth rates in both population and business ventures have led the city to indulge in support projects such as Start Up Downtown, a unique gathering that was recently hosted in the downtown area. The event was held on the evening of Thursday, July 19th, on the second floor of Union Street Station and it attracted nearly 300 Gainesville job-seekers. Over a dozen Gainesville start-ups that are currently hiring were featured at the event, which was sponsored by FloridaWorks, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Innovation Gainesville.
Gainesville’s start-up community is also growing, and this event showcased that. Many residents of Gainesville are not aware of how significant the local start-up industry is, and Start Up Gainesville allowed the participating companies not only to network and advertise their brand, but to expand their businesses by meeting potential new employees that could help foster new ideas.
Some of the start-ups that were on display included SwampMobile, Mobiquity, the well-known music-streaming service Grooveshark, and local karaoke service Stage 7. Also present was Gainesville HackerHouse resident, Eric Pheterson, who displayed his high-tech, custom pet feeder. HackerHouse is another Gainesville based program that allows young, innovative entrepreneurs to live under one roof, rent free, for an allotted period of time to work on developing their unique creations with the potential to achieve outstanding rewards for their work.
One common goal of programs that encourage the local start-up community is that they aim to, “Keep the talent here in Gainesville.” Many of the individuals who obtain their college education in Gainesville leave the city after graduation, taking their innovative ideas with them.
Starting a new company or brand can be an intimidating venture. The guidance of a knowledgeable business attorney can be invaluable to you during the process. From choosing the right corporate structure for your business, to drafting and negotiating contracts, our attorneys at the Law Office of Richard M. Knellinger, P.A. can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers to find out more about how we can help you start your business.
Starting a business inspired by a passion can be a risky and intimidating journey, but it can also lead to rewarding and life-changing results. Fitz Koehler’s Gainesville-based fitness company, Fitzness International, proves this to be true. Koehler originally came to Gainesville as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida with a passion for exercise and has spent the last 20 years turning her hobby and healthy lifestyle into her dream career.
Koehler began her career serving as the fitness director for a cruise ship company and then became an instructor on the Cardio Jam television series. She then enrolled in graduate school and earned her master’s degree in exercise and sports science.
Koehler’s company, Fitzness, has a unique philosophy in that the focus is not on fad-diets and expensive weight loss techniques. Instead, Koehler encourages healthy eating, regular exercise, and the general overall improvement of the client’s health. Fitzness is designed to cater to the needs of every individual, regardless of age and current state of fitness health.
Fitzness has flourished into an international company, which includes a website that features online interview segments with celebrities such as Bruce Jenner and Brooke Shields. The company has also grown significantly as a result of Koehler’s writing endeavors and her radio and television segments. She has written articles for well-known online sources and women’s and fitness magazines, and she is the author of several books that focus on fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Starting and maintaining a successful company like Fitzness is no easy task, and ensuring the well-being and growth of a new company is also challenging. Proper planning and good decision making are crucial to ensuring the success of a business, and with these tools it is possible to turn a passion into a successful career as Fitz Koehler has done.
If you are interested in starting a new business or expanding your current enterprise, let the experienced business attorneys at the Law Office of Richard M. Knellinger, P.A. assist you. We can help you choose the best corporate structure for your business, draft and negotiate contracts, as well as help you prepare for expansion.