In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, QuickBooks is spotlighting entrepreneurs who play a vital role in creating inclusive and meaningful work for all.
Name: Mark Fleming
Location: Tampa, FL
Business: Equally Fit
Tell us about your business:
I own and operate a fitness studio that helps individuals with disabilities with their fitness goals.
Why did you decide to start your own business? Where did the idea come from and how did you put it into action?
I started my own business because I thought it would provide me with the best chance to make the most impact. I graduated with my master’s degree in Human Performance from the University of Alabama. I had trouble finding a job in my field of study, so I took a job as a Behavior Assistant working with autistic children.
I also decided around this time to volunteer for Special Olympics. I noticed those getting involved with Special Olympics showed similar muscular deficiencies as the kids I worked with who were going through physical and occupational therapy. This told me there was an obvious gap in the lack of physical activity these individuals were obtaining.