NYS SBDC Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year: Jon Quinn of Quinn Essential Fitness
From his initial weeks of basic training to the Reserve Officer Training Program at Syracuse University and throughout his career as an Air Force officer, Jon Quinn experienced firsthand the benefits of group exercise - military style. Jon started Captain Quinn's Fitness Boot Camp because he is passionate about fitness and about serving others through fitness education. His dedication to fitness has spanned over twenty years of service in the military, the private sector, and in non-profit organizations. Jon, a Certified Personal Trainer is on a mission to ignite a lifetime passion for fitness and healthy living in as many people as possible through programs designed to motivate, educate and inspire transformation and self-improvement. His Fitness Boot Camp provides results-oriented fast paced group fitness classes, private and small group fitness training and coaching, nutritional guidance and, eventually, on-line/retail video instruction. Jon consulted Business Advisor Janet Page at the Brooklyn SBDC for assistance with business plan development, sources of financing, cash flow projections, and discussions about start-up and growth. Jon ultimately obtained a $45,000 Patriot Express Loan from Bethex Federal Credit Union. Jon believes deeply in the power of fitness to transform lives, and tells all his clients that "Fitness is essential and should always be FUN!"