by Melissa Torres, MAIA Division Manager
Persevere: to persist in anything undertaken; to maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles or discouragement; to continue steadfastly. This is something we need now more than ever.
It’s hard to believe how much the world has changed since the last issue of MASuccess went to press. No one could have predicted the unprecedented events that are sweeping the globe. However, I’m confident that we can come back stronger than we were before.
My heart goes out to all our Century and MAIA martial arts schools and gyms across the country that are struggling after being forced to shut their doors — and especially to those that had to make the difficult decision to lay off employees or beg for rent forgiveness. But we will persevere. We will get through this together.
I want you to feel hopeful, inspired and motivated during this time. When we do get back to normal, I want it to be better than the old normal. Trials in life only make us more resilient.
I’m so proud of how many of you have jumped on the challenge of learning how to teach virtual classes and how many have shared inspiring stories of virtual club nominations, belt tests and even new initiatives that include dropping off belts at your students’ doors.
I speak for the entire team at MAIA when I say that we want nothing more than for you to succeed. We want to be there for you during this time and help you with whatever questions, hardships or difficulties you are facing. We may not have all the answers, but we can at least make life easier and point you in the right direction. When we can help you succeed, you can help your students, and together we can make a difference in the lives of people across the country.
One update I’m happy to bring you is that Small Business Administration loans have been made available through the government. Now, much of this changes daily, and funds are reportedly limited, so I hope that plenty of government-backed loans are still available when this magazine hits your mailbox. Don’t wait!
We know the loan process can be confusing, so we compiled the information to the best of our knowledge all in one place to help you succeed. Find it at MAIAHub.com/SBA-Loan-Assistance. The two loans we want to highlight are summarized on this website. We highly recommend you take advantage of these loans that the government is providing because they can also be forgiven.
One loan is the Paycheck Protection Program, which can be used to help pay your employees, rent and utilities. This one must be applied for through an SBA lender — typically, your bank. We have the paperwork on the website listed above to make it easier for you. The other one is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, which can be used to help small businesses offset revenue lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can apply online, and it shouldn’t take much time. The link is also on our website.
The biggest thing to know is that you need to get the paperwork submitted to apply for these loans as quickly as possible. Whether you think you qualify or not, go ahead and submit the paperwork. The worst thing they can do is say “no.” But it’s important for you to try.
We also have additional resources available at MAIAHub.com in case you have more questions. I would encourage you to follow our Facebook group (Facebook.com/MAIAHub) and request to join if you haven’t already. We frequently go live with MAIA Executive Director Frank Silverman, and we have the Metzger/Tassoul Show every Thursday.
Take advantage of these free resources, especially while you are stuck at home (if you are still stuck at home). We want to be a resource to help get you through these difficult times. If there is anything we can help you with, please reach out to the team at MAIA and let us know.
All of you are in our thoughts, and we are inspired every day to read about your success stories. We will continue to persevere as an industry. We are all in this together.
To contact Melissa Torres, send an email to [email protected]
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