Local, since you obviously know me, who are you? As a background for those who don't, I own the martial arts school (a type of business that has seen several go out of business because it is a "disposable income" activity) next to Melo's in the Safeway Shopping Center.Dojo...how would you feel if your little suit next to Melo's (Which your over head is nt a fraction of theres) was in trouble and you had to sell your Tranformer yellow camaro to pay yourself a pay check and people where bashing you...how would you feel???
But here's the thing. I'm NOT in trouble because I don't make stupid business decisions. I never look at someone who walks in and assume they can't afford classes. I never lie in an attempt to make a sale. I never fail to deliver on a promise. I have always been up to date on how to run a business in a proper and profitable manner, yet staying true to how the martial arts should be.
Have I always been a good business man? Of course not. Have I made mistakes? Of course. Have people bashed me? Yes. Guess what I did? I learned from the criticism, made the proper adjustments, and improved as a businessman (and more importantly, improved as a person) for it. When people have a legitimate complaint against me, instead of getting defensive, I thank them.
Has my business been effected by the economy? Sure... My best year was 2008. 2009 dropped about 15%, 2010 saw improvement of about 1%, and 2011 is showing about the same as 2010. The simple truth is, that most businesses fail because the person running it has made poor decisions that led to it's downfall. That's what has happened at Groth. Why should I feel bad for them?