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Finding the right fit: buying leotards for your Rec Program

“From the very beginning, we bucked tradition. When the experts said that something was “always done” in a certain way, we’d do it our way, which was sometimes the very opposite.” Paul Newman The first time I ordered leotards for our gymnastics program, I Googled “design your own leotard.” A few companies popped up and […]

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Staffing

How to Hire The Right People for Your Children’s Gym

Finding the right people to run your business is tough. Perhaps the worst part of this process is losing that key employee that took so long to find. As a fellow entrepreneur puts it:  Your staff gets trained, they start to perform well, and then they leave… it’s like a “Thanks and see ya!” At […]

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Education

How To Include Children With Special Needs in Your Gymnastics Program

Guest Post by Ashley Lebeau At the Champaign Gymnastics Academy (CGA) we believe that gymnastics truly is a sport for everyone.  We have made steady progress over the last seven years since our inception to find ways to serve our special needs community.  As more funds, staff and other resources became available we have employed […]

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Education

Get Your Own Cartwheel Monster Stickers

Cartwheels are hard! Our preschool students kept putting their hands on the mat and doing a jump over it. So we created a visual to teach them how to move sideways: we drew eyeballs on the mat! We tell our students, “Close the alligator’s eyes and make sure he can’t see you! Then take a […]

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Free Resource: Process Map

How to Scale Your Business with Process Maps Are you working in your business, or are you working on your business? When you’re working in your business, you’re answering phone calls from parents at 5 in the morning, chasing after your staff to complete their tasks, and checking in with your team on your days […]

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Recreational Director Summit: The Biggest Problems for Children’s Program Providers… And How to Solve Them

As children’s activity providers, we have unique solutions to everyday problems. However, we rarely get to collaborate and see how others solve those problems. Last weekend we went to the Recreational Director Summit held by Ali Stoffels at Rec Gym Pros.  Twenty-eight passionate directors and managers sat together to brainstorm, collaborate, and learn from one […]

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Business

How Does the New Tax Code Impact My Business?

Ever since Congress passed the New Tax Code in December 2017, everyone has been wondering how the changes would actually impact them.  In early 2018, I had the opportunity to meet with with several Senators and Congress members at the largest ever small business summit in Capitol Hill.  The small business owners present tried to […]

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Business

5 Things Parents Expect to See on Your Website

We all do online research before we make a major purchase, and parents purchasing classes for their kids are no different!  Even if you don’t take payments online, your website still represents your brand.  When your customers come to your website, they should be able to easily find out who you are, what you are […]

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Business

How a $13,000 fine finally got me to take my employee files seriously

Organize your employee files and send the Dept of Labor and IRS packing when they come to double check your paperwork Let’s talk about staff paperwork. Yes, I can hear you groaning in the background. Paperwork is no fun.  I finally got serious about my employee files the day I got a letter from the […]

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Free Download: Your New Employee Handbook

A well-written company employee handbook sets expectations for your team and protects both you and your staff. But writing one from scratch is a daunting task, so we’ve done the hard work for you! Use this handbook to: Let employees know how to get help and succeed in their roles, Ensure key company policies are […]