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Immigrant-Owned Fitness Studio in Sarasota Moves

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Ever wonder how to make your workout quicker and more efficient?  Sarasota immigrant and investor, Hugh Elsam, used to wonder the same thing.  One day, the Canadian businessman visited a 20 Minutes to Fitness studio.  The quick and effective workout made Mr. Elsam think there might be more demand for the slow-cadence fitness routine, especially in the Sarasota area.  He found it made sense to start a new 20 Minutes to Fitness studio in downtown Sarasota.

Around the same time Mr. Elsam was contemplating a more permanent move to the Sarasota area.  He discovered that he could use the investment in the new fitness franchise to qualify for a US investor visa.

Thus a new immigrant-owned business venture in Sarasota was launched.  Hugh hired 4 physical trainers and soon the studio was seeing 24-40 clients a day!

The studio recently moved to 1819 Main Street, Suite 110.  This is the building across Links Ave from the Oyster House.  Since we often share stories about immigrants and immigrant-owned businesses we thought we’d let our readers know more about this one.  We made an appointment for a free consultation to see how this intriguing fitness philosophy works.  You can see the video of our interview with general manager Michele below.

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Written by Chris Jaensch

Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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