Buss Fitness Wins $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant

October was the start of the largest small business grant competition to date on LoveALocalBusiness.com.  Intuit is sponsoring $100,000 in Intuit Hiring Grants to help small businesses hire the help that they need.  Over 300 fans voted for our October winner, Buss Fitness, a provider of fitness classes in Northfield, Ohio.  They were randomly selected to win a $25,000 grant.  They are also the first Finalist who may win the additional Grand Prize that increases their grant to $50,000.

In October, Buss Fitness ranked #5 on The Pulse, the monthly top 10 list of most loved businesses.

Owner Christen Buss described how her business got started: “My husband is a full time firefighter and we originally opened up Buss Fitness to work with our local fire department (Northfield Village) and provide them with free fitness classes and training sessions.  The number one cause of on job death for firefighters isn’t from trauma or building collapse, it’s from poor cardiovascular health and heart attacks during firefighting operation.”  Buss Fitness plans to use the grant money to hire a fitness instructor and buy fitness equipment for the local firehouses, which have previously not had the funds to do this.

This was the winning nomination submitted by Ali:

“Fitness is very important! I wish most gyms tried to help their members the way that Buss Fitness does!”

It’s not too late for you to be featured in our next winner’s announcement! Vote for your business today.

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41 comments
Rosemary Johnson
Rosemary Johnson

Congratulations to Buss Fitness for winning a $25,000 grant, and likewise to Todali Tackle. I know the money will benefit those you serve. A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes to PepClub Sports for winning the additional $25,000 grant....a total of $50,000.00!! You have touched thousands of kids and their parents in your community...well deserved! Amber, you ROCK!!!

Jamie Dwornikowski
Jamie Dwornikowski

Christen is awesome!!! Now in detail. The first day I meet Christen I meet a friend. Christen has one of the most open and caring hearts I know. She loves people! Christen works hard, and achieves most goals she sets out to do. Christen has done a wonderful job gathering support and winning this grant. Her friends and community she what a treasure she is and want to help her. Christen is amazing with how hard she works and her devotion to her community! Good Luck!!!

Manda Lillie
Manda Lillie

From what I have learned from others, Christen is striving to touch others in a positive manner. Her hopes and dreams for Buss Fitness should be supported by the people around her because her success will only bring joy.Congratulations on winning the grant, I know it will be put to good use!

Jennifer Rubinski
Jennifer Rubinski

Movement Matters is a great business and Christen is motivating me to reach my fitness goals. Her passion about fitness and about getting her community to become healthier is such an inspiration. It is so important that people get out, move and exercise in a world that has become so sedentary. Christen cannot only help jumpstart a person's fitness journey, but she keeps them coming back to the gym because her classes are informative, high energy, and most importantly, they are lots of fun!!!

Brian Rubinski
Brian Rubinski

Christen is one of the most positive and energetic people I know. She is constantly trying to make herself a better person and help everyone around her. Christen's many examples of selflessness and outstanding work ethic--especially her most recent, ambitiously charitable "Movement Matters" endeavor--constantly inspire me to try to become a better person.

Lynn Munter
Lynn Munter

Christen Buss is someone I know through others, but her drive and purpose have shown through and I know she is deserving of all the best. If I lived anywhere near Ohio I would be making my way to Buss Fitness!

Brian Handke
Brian Handke

It's the oldest New Year's Resolution in the book: "This is the year I'm going to get in shape!" It starts off with the greatest intentions, but an unhealthy majority of people who make this resolution never follow through. There are many reasons for that, unfortunately, including general boredom, inability to afford it, a lack of results, or just a general lack of motivation. This is why programs like the one Buss Fitness offers are so vitally important to their communities.Jason and Christen, while sharing the same vision, bring very different things to the business. Jason, as a fireman, brings discipline, tenacity, and an inability to accept failure. He will not allow the people he is charged with to give up, as in his line of work this could mean the difference between life or death. While the fitness world is not nearly that dire, Jason's attitude and motivational techniques will not allow his students to be unmotivated or not achieve results. Christen, on the other hand, brings the warmth, compassion, and an entirely different type of motivation. Her warm demeanor almost compels people to succeed. She has insisted, against conventional wisdom, that programs remain free to enable all to attend. Her relentless marketing campaigns have generated many clients and ensure her her success. This formula for fitness success is seen on shows such as The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Fit Camp, an countless others. A trainer whose tough love will motivate and another whose warmth keeps spirits high. This is why Buss Fitness has succeeded already and will continue to do so in the future.With Jason, Christen, and Buss Fitness, this may actually be the year that their community does meet their New Year's Resolutions of getting fit. I, for one, am excited to be a part of it and look forward to seeing the great things in store for them in 2011!

George Michael Hensley
George Michael Hensley

I have known Christen both professionally at work and also on a personal level. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I know. I fully support her cause and have been ever since she first started. I hope and pray that she gets all the votes she deserves. This 'charge' of hers is something that has been so under-rated in this country. Fitness Rocks!

Judy C
Judy C

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Christen and Jason for trying to make a difference in the world by helping others improve their lives. I hope that all of their hard work brings them and those they help, much success. Winning the grants helps not only Buss Fitness, but the community at large. It’s a win, win situation. I’ve worked with Christen, and her faith and enthusiasm in this mission is very evident. Her devotion to this project is unlimited.

adam
adam

It's so wonderful how small businesses get support from various sources.

Terri Jackson-Brazzell
Terri Jackson-Brazzell

I truly look up to Christen and Jason and I look forward to join them in future events. They are caring people who cares about the community and the people in it. I’ve never met a couple with their dedication to help everyone be and stay healthy. April 2010 was the first time I met both Christen and Jason at their 3 hour fundraiser boot camp for the Wounded Warriors Project. This was one of the best moments of my life; I broke a lot of barrows that day. I never would have thought that I would last 3 hours of boot camp fun. It felt great helping our service men and women who give up their lives everyday protecting our freedom. To this day I am very, very PROUD to say I am a Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. In October 2010, I was one of the featured Zumba® instructors along with other fabulous Zumba® instructors in a very special Zumbathon; it was filled with fun, excitement, and tons of sweat. Thank You Christen and Jason!

Nanci Schiman
Nanci Schiman

Christen epitomizes what Buss Fitness is all about. Her focus is on doing the next right thing, helping others, making a difference wherever and whenever she can. Buss Fitness is also about doing the next right thing. They have a strong commitment to bringing fitness to everyone by making it affordable and accessible.Buss already offers free fitness classes to all police, fire and military. With the additional grant they could start up a program to provide free fitness classes to those unable to afford to join a gym or other fitness studio. Exercise is one of the most essential components to physical and mental wellness. Christen and Buss Fitness are changing lives every day!

Shira
Shira

"The number one cause of on job death for firefighters isn’t from trauma or building collapse, it’s from poor cardiovascular health and heart attacks during firefighting operation.” This is amazing to me. I think it's wonderful that Christen is stepping in and DOING something about this.

Christen Buss
Christen Buss

Thanks to Intuit for providing us the opportunity to start up the Love Program which will provide free fitness classes to the members of our community that can't afford to join a gym. If we get the second 25k it would go towards maintaining the integrity and growth of this program! Read more http://www.movementmattersoh.com/love-program.html

Jason Buss
Jason Buss

Thank you everyone for your support! My wife and I cannot express our gratitude enough for your kind words. We hope the expsanion of our business will lead to a healthier community and give people an opportunity to participate in physical fitness programs that in the past were not available in this area or were cost prohibitive. We look foward to helping everyone meet their health and fitness goals in inovative new ways thanks to this grant opportunityJason Buss

Karyn Selle
Karyn Selle

I am so pleased to hear that such a deserving business won this October grant. Thier vision for this business is wonderful. It is exciting to be a part of it.

Bud Jalowiec
Bud Jalowiec

Congrats on getting the grant Christen. You certainly worked very hard to get it and I know you will put it to good use in your fitness center.

Clifford Rockmuller
Clifford Rockmuller

Christen is a great person doing great work. She is tireless in her pursuit of making the world a happier and healthier place. Her organization, Buss Fitness, so deserves this grant and rest assured that they will use the funds to create a better world for all. Buss is truly a giving organization with wonderful and powerful goals. Yay to Intuit for recognizing this and rewarding the effort of organizations like this.

Karen
Karen

Congrats! I am looking forward to the new facilities! It will help the community a lot considering the Midwest has a high obesity rate. I know you two will do an awesome job in combating obesity and increasing the fitness level of the local community!!!

Linda Bird
Linda Bird

Childhood obesity is at an all time high. Lets get the kids active and moving. congrats to Cristen for doing just that!

Traci Henry
Traci Henry

Cristen feels very strongly about helping others and in her community! She has a strong determination and will to help others and this is what we need to see more of!

Tracy Massimiano
Tracy Massimiano

I also "met" Christen Buss of Movement Matters through our mutual efforts on an alliance where we shared the same vision of helping good causes. Since then, we have both become part of gooddreams.org, a group that supports each other in our quest in doing good for our schools, groups, etc. Her support helped my high school fine arts cause get approved, and I would be honored to support her in this or any other project.

C J Schultz
C J Schultz

Buss Fitness deserves this extra grant for their dedication to their community & in caring that everyone deserves a better life & maybe by even just adding a little "Zumba" as well.

wanda tylckii
wanda tylckii

Great job! Jason and Christen has done alot for the community, I only with more people knew! I would like to thank them both. THANK YOU! AWESOME JOB! Wanda Tylicki

Diannah Beauregard
Diannah Beauregard

Christen Buss of Movement Matters is the special kind of person the world needs more of. Christens commitment to excellence is unmatched as her passionate enthusiasm obvious in how she applies herself to any task or mission.Exploring and developing fitness programs and the means to make them available to those who can benefit greatly by them is only one good reason to extend this grant further to Movement Matters. I have no doubt whatsoever that any grant amount will be used wisely and for the highest good of everyone involved.

wanda tylckii
wanda tylckii

Great job! Jason and Christine has done alot for the community, I only with more people knew!

Erika Lovold
Erika Lovold

Congratulations Christen on the grant. You do great things within your community bring fitness. There is nothing better than a great hour of zumba fun. Thank you!

Justin Markus
Justin Markus

It is critical to note that almost everyone commenting on this page is the leader or founder of a charitable organization. These are no mere mortals, but Christen's peers.I am the founder and Executive Director for Avalon Educational Institute Molly Gisi is the Founder of the now nationally famous Molly's Adopt a Sailor Chris Scapini invented the Healthy Habits Nutritional Tool Rebecca Erickson is the Founder of Read to Me Karrie and Adam Flanagan run Champion Tumbling Alli Seigel is the Founder and Executive Director of Project GoodnessIt is critical to note not just the comments, but the credibility of those who leave the comments.Justin

Eva Tranchito
Eva Tranchito

Christen and Jason are constantly pursuing new certifications to keep their classes fresh, interesting, and fun! Learning dance moves for fitness and several different yoga classes offered for flexibility and serenity--- that is MY perfect mix! There is something for everyone. Every time that you talk to them, they are brainstorming on what is new and how they can bring it to us!!!!!

Chris Scapini
Chris Scapini

Buss Fitness is the benchmark for all other fitness facilities. They not only focus on fitness but the health and well being of their community. Christen's drive for success is shown daily and is very deserving of this grant opportunity.

Rebecca Erickson
Rebecca Erickson

Dear Laura and Team at Intuit,I'm so happy you've met Christen! She's a gem & absolutely deserving of the additional funds and support that will help her grow her business that HELPS so many. Fitness feeds the soul - she's inspiring people to make healthy choices and live a better life. Her business was formed out of her own personal experience and ideally, wanting to help others.She's extremely caring and kind. Christen has helped me in my efforts to give low-income mothers of newborns a book to share the love of reading - for no other reason than she cares about people and others. What a great business, a great story, and more importantly a WONDERFUL person.Good Luck!

Molly Gisi
Molly Gisi

Buss Fitness deserves the extra grant money, she is a devoted hard working cheerleader for her cause. The passion & drive she has will make this succeed beyond expectations. No better place to award this money then to someone who has the will to make it work !!!

Karrie and Adam Flanagan
Karrie and Adam Flanagan

Great Job Buss Fitness we know this grant will do HUGE things for your community! She is such a hard worker and I know will continue to work on bettering her project and doing what she can to make it the best!! Good Luck in all you do!

Justin Markus
Justin Markus

Christen is a woman of powerful passion and vision. While it may be her focused dream of a better world that drives her onward, it is her playful, curious nature that opens the hearts of everyone she touches, like so many wildflowers beneath the morning sun.Christen's greatest strength is her ability to love, and it is matched only by her ability to put that love to work in the world around her.For her, Movement Matters will be only the beginning. Here is the place she will test her strength and find her way, but when she spreads her wings, expect miracles. It is, therefore, not a matter of "deserving" the money that should qualify Christen for an additional grant, but a matter of freedom.Mark my words, when this girl is set free upon the world, unhindered and powered by the support of those who have tasted the fruits of her vision, Christen, through Movement Matters, will change the design by which the current fitness world operates. And this will only be the beginning.

Christen Buss
Christen Buss

I just want to express heartfelt thanks to every single one of you that voted. I appreciate it more than words can express! The 25k is going to be used to buy some equipment so we can accommodate larger classes, a new floor so it is easier on the knees and hips and towards hiring some more instructors and staff! If we get the additional 25 we will make sure to use it to buy equipment for new classes & hire more instructors so we can continue to challenge and motivate you to do your best! Our next fundraiser is going to be planned for end of March / early April. The proceeds will be benefiting www.GoodDreams.org and going towards their grant scholarship program! They are going to be giving away college grants to people that are trying to make a positive change in the world! I can't wait to support them with all of you!

Svetlana
Svetlana

This is wonderful! I am very excited for Christen and Movement Matters / Buss Fitness! I know they need a new floor and new equipment so I know the money will be put to good use! Thank you for everything you are doing for our fire / police / troops!

Alli D. Seigel
Alli D. Seigel

Christen is most deserving of this additional grant money--she is a hard worker, and very passionate about what she does. She is selfless and has a dream of bettering the lives of others. Christen and Buss Fitness will be a great representation of the grant and lovealocalbusiness.com. I'm proud to support her cause!

Ron Fong
Ron Fong

Firefighters are critical first responders, and often they have a lot of down time waiting which can lead to decreased personal fitness. Having fitness built into the program activity in partnership with a private vendor like Buss Fitness is a win-win for the community. Having build and help operate ten firehouses, and then seismic retrofit them, I understand the firefighter mentality and can see BUSS Fitness makes the difference. KUDOS

Laura Messerschmitt
Laura Messerschmitt

That's awesome to hear, Dorelle. I haven't met Christen, but I spoke with her over the phone yesterday. It sounds like she's doing incredible work. Please continue to vote for her on lovealocalbusiness.com. She's already won $25k and she's a finalist for the additional $25k, so your votes will still help her.

Dorelle Ackermann
Dorelle Ackermann

I have "met" Christen through gooddreams.org. A web site where we share a vision of helping good causes. Christen has helped my school district try and get funding for extra curricular activities cut due to budgets. Christen worked as hard or harder than anyone else in the alliance. She was never too busy to send an encouraging email and her energy level convinced me that fitness was a way of life for her. Her work is a win-win. Participate in her workout and you'll get fit. Help her win a grant and she will save lives for firemen whose fitness is literally life and death. I'm proud to support her cause.