I'm interested in opening a club. I intend to buy a space large enough for fencing, kendo, iado, HEMA, and MMA to co-exist. There are two good solid clubs in town, and I would want to compliment them, not compete with them.
I would love to hear the stories of how you founded your club. Why did you decide to rent/buy? What did you look for in a building?
I have a background in law, specializing in commercial real estate, financing, forming LLCs, etc. So I'm not too worried about the soft aspects. I just have no idea how to pull something like this off.
I'd want to use the other martial art's income to subsidize youth programs for needy kids.
So at any rate: Tell me how you did it. What you'd do any differently. What do you wish you'd known?
Thanks for any constructive advice you can share. Seriously, if I say I want to do something, and you think it's a bad idea, I'd appreciate hearing why it's a bad idea. I'm no entrepreneur, so this is a scary idea. But I want to give back to the community, and creating a space where kids can learn a sport that might help them get into college.... I dunno, I want to do that.