Carla McDonough (second from right) at the grand opening of her dream business,  fitness studio “Training for Balance” in San Pedro, California
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided entrepreneur Carla McDonough business coaching and assistance with licensing and permits to help turn her dreams of owning her own gym into the Training for Balance fitness studio in San Pedro, California.

Carla is former fitness model and body builder with 16 years of experience as a fitness trainer. She wanted to open a facility that included a full gym, personal training and Pilates classes. Her specialty is working with clients with medical conditions to help them achieve proper rehabilitation, such as military veterans and peace officers.

Carla was referred to the Harbor-Watts BSC by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. After an initial assessment, Carla attended the Building Blocks Workshop Series, a six-part series designed to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.

A Harbor-Watts BSC business coach guided Carla throughout the process of opening her business. Her business coach was instrumental in providing assistance with the correct licensing and permits, and facilitating a meeting with a representative from the LA zoning department to confirm no special permits were required and that her location was properly zoned for a Pilates studio.

Training for Balance celebrated its grand opening on September 22, 2018.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 22, 2018. Read this issue and more.