Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
A Chat with Team Matthews Ata Black Belt Academy
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Taekwondo is an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand techniques. Although these martial art techniques are centuries old, our programs are always evolving to keep pace with the rapidly changing world. Strive to achieve increased agility, balance, and mental focus.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans? Black belts are white belts that never gave up. Push to be the best you can be and do not compare yourself to others abilities.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Our business was the dream of a 6 year old who had A.D.D. Determined to overcome the label and build his focus ability as well as physical ability, we entered into this business as a family. The six year old is now the chief instructor.
What do you love most about your job? We love the interaction with people from all ages and abilities. Helping each individual achieve personal victories no matter how big or small they might seem.