by Ginny Wright, Owner, BbG Fitness
December of 2012, after living and working in Arlington for ten years, I
finally joined the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Aside from working to help
individual Arlingtonians get strong and healthy, I was looking for a way to be more
involved in the business community—to meet more people and to be better known.
All I can say now is, What the heck took
me so long?!
Photo - Ginny Wright accepts her 2013 Best Business Award, presented by 2013 Chamber Chair David DeCamp.
relocated to Arlington in 2002 with three school-aged kids, I’d been living in
my own little exercise world trying my best to grow my small business – BbG
Fitness. Slowly but surely, over the past ten years I’ve established deep roots
in Arlington. When local schools were looking for help, I readily donated a
month of free outdoor fitness classes. I discovered the Arlington Food
Assistance Center (AFAC) and got my clients on board to help with our annual
Battle of The Classes to see who could collect the most donations. I’ve proudly
worked with many of Arlington’s great schools and non-profits to donate
certificates and promote their events.
an unexpected thing happened to BbG almost as soon as I became a Chamber member;
I was nominated for and won a coveted Best Business Award. Who knew that this
small business would qualify to win anything? While difficult to quantify
exactly how many new customers have joined BbG as a result of the award, I can say
unequivocally that it has had a very positive impact on my business.
was exciting to see my photo with other winners in the Sun Gazette and on ARLnow after the awards breakfast. Many other Arlingtonians must have seen it
too, because BbG’s “Try A Class” inquiries have almost doubled since the award
after winning the award, I got a call from the editor of ARLnow congratulating
me on my achievement and asking if I’d be interested in writing a bimonthly
article for the e-zine. So, as a result of joining the Chamber, BbG Fitness is
now front and center among Arlington fitness companies!
the Arlington Chamber is by far the best business decision I made in 2012. So
far, I’ve gotten involved by attending the Annual Business Gala, agreeing to
work on the Gala committee, attending a few Back to Basics seminars, and now
writing this guest blog post. My goal for next year is to get even more
involved in Chamber activities to spread the good word and recruit new members.
In fact, my next article will be aimed at helping my fellow Chamber members
lead healthier lives.
Thank you, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, for helping BbG Fitness grow and become better known in our great community!