First Inbound Call

May 19th, 2008

On Thursday my direct marketing piece with Val-U-Ads went out to Broomfield, Colorado. Since I haven’t setup a main phone line quite yet, I had to change the voice mail message on my cell phone.

Anyways, I got my first inbound prospect call on Thursday. It was a woman calling about Karate lessons for her daughter and 10 year old grand daughter. Apparently her grand daughter does not have a bunch of confidence and thought that Martial arts lessons would help with her self-confidence. Plus, it allows the mother-daughter to share time together too! I called back the prospect the same day to discuss her needs. I Told her when I was younger, I too did not have a bunch of self-confidence, and I was really shy. I’m still shy, :-)but have developed my self-confidence through my martial arts training.

The grandmother is suppose to pass on the information about The Dojo to her daughter, but I haven’t heard back from either of them. I’ll probably give them a call this week.

As for this week, I’m going to call back the plumber to see when he can get started on the project. My general contractor is scheduled come by on Wednesday to do the framing of the place. I’m just looking to find an electrician to do the project, but haven’t found one yet. We’ll see what I can find..

One last thing. If you haven’t noticed, I had to change the Grand Opening Day for The Dojo of Karate to Saturday, July 19th, 2008 from 11am to 1pm MST. I found out that a friend of mine is getting married the weekend before, so I had to push it up. I know that the Denver Mile High Music Festival is the same weekend as my Grand Opening, but I can’t continue to push the date up. Hope to see you there!!!

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Can’t nobody hold me down

May 15th, 2008

Remember that song by Puff Daddy, now known as P.Diddy? I think it came out around the mid 90’s. That’s how I feel right now. :-)Granted that can probably all change tomorrow, but things have been moving right along. And it’s exciting!!

Plumber

I met with the plumber Bob had referred me - his name is Carl. He came by The Dojo of Monday to take a look at the place and see what needs to be done. Basically he needs to know where the main sewage line goes through under the concrete so he can find out where to break the concrete and tap into the line to add a toilet. He had an idea where it can be located, but apparently construction workers charge $25/sqft when breaking concrete! Read more…

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City of Westminster

May 8th, 2008

My architectural drawings were finished last week and I submitted them to the City of Westminster yesterday, after getting them stamped and signed on Monday. I had to get them expedited, so I can get rolling. Bob, my architect, gave me some referrals to do sub-contracting work for the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. I called them yesterday, and they were all very helpful and willing to do the work. The plumber, Carl, had already spoken with Bob and is aware of the project, which shouldn’t be too tough to finish. I’m also going to Niwot tomorrow to drop off some plans to the electrician, so he can get an idea of the project. I’m really getting excited!

Also this week I’ve been submitting Press Releases and Articles to different websites to promote my business and Grand Opening… which by the way is going to be Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 11:00am MST. I’m hoping this will help draw traffic to my website and increase my SEO - which probably won’t be much, but I’m working on it.

I think the next thing I gotta work on are a couple more of press releases - one for Karate Pump and the other for my Grand Opening. Then I’m gonna send out a huge email blast to friends and see if I can get a bunch of people to show up to the Grand Opening Day. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’ll be notified shortly. ;-

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Happy Cinco De Mayo

May 5th, 2008

Wow! It’s been awhile… I remember last year on this day, I was dreaming of opening my Karate school for the late summer, early fall. I had finished my business plan completely, moved into a new condo I just bought, and had plans on seeking business loans for the school. One year later… I’m not open… yet.

I guess I should catch you guys up with what’s been going on lately, since it’s been awhile. A couple of weeks ago myself and a few friends, the same from the last demo group, finished taking down all the walls and throwing it in the dumpster I had rented. Read more…

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