PEP Club Sports in Parker, Colorado Wins a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant

Amber Schweitzer, owner of PEP Club Sports in Parker, Colorado is the December winner of a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant on LoveALocalBusiness.com.  PEP Club is now a Finalist, along with Buss Fitness of Northfield, Ohio and Todali Tackle of Philpot, Kentucky.  One of these three Finalists will be selected by our judge, business advisor Rhonda Abrams, to have their grant doubled to $50,000. 

Amber’s fans posted over 400 votes for her business in response to her requests for support to help PEP Club, her sports and fitness club for kids and their families, win an Intuit Hiring Grant.  She ran a successful “get out the vote” campaign following the advice Intuit provides to Love A Local Business competitors.  She used the free tools provided in the Winner’s Playbook, including posting signs in her club asking customers to Text2Vote using their mobile phones.  Her fans consistely praised Coach Amber for the sports- and lifeskills PEP Club teaches the children. “I felt that I had already won from reading all the positive things that parents had to say, ” Amber explained.

According to Amber, winning this grant has come at the perfect time.  “I’m currently the only paid employee.  We’ve outgrown our location and are expanding to more sites to accommodate more sports.  I need to hire site managers to run the other venues.” She added, “I haven’t slept in weeks because of worrying about this.” (She’s not alone, according to a recent Intuit survey, “growing my business” is the top concern keeping 27% of small business owners up at night.)

It’s not too late for you to be featured in our next winner’s announcement.  A new Intuit Hiring Grant competition started on January 1! Vote for your business on LoveALocalBusiness.com today.

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4 comments
Monty Ashliman
Monty Ashliman

Congratulations Amber on receiving the much deserved grant...and for the plans on expanding your great sports program in our community...and beyond. I can easily invision thousands of kids benefitting from your plans. As a 40 yr. Denver Fire Fighter (soon to retire), I would like to thank you for the support you give to Police and Fire Departments in the community. You, personally, have overcome hardships in developing this program....finding a way to be a stay at home single Mom, while still using your college degree and expertice in your field. Thank you for being such a good role model for the kids. I can certainly tell that they come first with you...no matter what the circumstance. I'm hoping that Pepclub will be awarded the additional grant money, as I know that you will put it to good use in furthering the well being of many, many children in the community. May God bless you in your endeavors.Papa Monty

Phyllis Ashliman
Phyllis Ashliman

Congratulations Coach Amber and Pep Club Sports!! My grandchildren have loved your program from the very first year you started! It's great to see the love and devotion you have for the kids and the program...showing them how important it is to 'move' and have fun doing so. I've seen the program grow each year, now teaching over 400 kids in the various sports offered....and expanding into adult sport teams. What a great example for the kids to see their parents (and grandparents)'moving' and getting their exercise as well. Kids are our future...so I'm hoping you get the additional grant that your program is so deserving of...so that more kids can benefit. Thank you too for the many scholarships you give to kids who cannot afford the class fees. You ROCK!!

Skewed Minds LLC CEO
Skewed Minds LLC CEO

CONGRATULATIONS! Your hard work paid off and you inspired us. I shared your success on twitter: @SkewedMinds and now my community is inspired. we may be in different fields of business, however the goal is the same; progress. Thank you for being such an inspiration.N. Drew Skewed Minds LLC, CEO

Kasey Churchill
Kasey Churchill

By choosing PEP Club Sports for the December grant, Intuit made a great decision. Coach Amber puts her heart and soul (and countless hours) into her business. She has high standards and has very clear goals for her teams. She wants the kids to love learning about a variety of sports at an early age. The informational, non-competitive atmosphere makes it fun for all kids to explore and learn. Thank you for helping such a deserving business grow!