Fairbanks Rock Club Climbs their way to the top
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In just a few short months, Ascension Rock Club had the funding needed to open their doors and a full roster of local investors. “Russ Talvi and the Alaska SBDC were instrumental in preparing us for the risks and challenges of starting a new business. They were most helpful in the area of budgeting, helping us minimize startup costs and plan for a successful startup period,” said Eamon. Their business model depends on getting more Fairbanksans interested in the sport. The Golden Heart City already has some indoor climbing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ student recreation center. By Eamon Stack’s estimate, Fairbanks has approximately 400 people who would describe themselves as rock climbers. But Ascension’s main target audience is people who don’t climb yet. There are 40,000 borough residents between the age of 10 and 50.
It’s a huge potential market of people who could be interested in an indoor exercise program, especially during the winter, Stack said. The gym has a kids room with easier climbing routes and will offer climbing camps and exercise programs to attract those users. Expanding to roped climbing may be in the future, but for now, they’re keeping it simple. In just two years they have created five part-time jobs, two full-time jobs for the Stacks and have over 200 club memberships. Ascension Rock Club is proud to be the first dedicated indoor climbing facility in Fairbanks offering the experience to climbers of all ages and skill levels.
They offer year-round recreational opportunities for all ages including a party room for birthday events, educational camps for kids and lessons and competitions for older age groups. For more information about the Alaska SBDC network, visit www.aksbdc.org or www.sba.gov/local-assistance for a full list of SBA resource partners.
For more information about Ascension Rock Club, visit www.ascensionrockclub.com.
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