In This Episode

During tonight’s show we were joined in studio by Dana Freund, owner of Pinnacle Gymnastics ( which offers gymnastics classes and tumbling classes for a wide variety of age groups and skill levels.  Dana shared several stories her journey from grade school teacher to business owner and how she juggled both for 18 years.  All this in addition to having a personal life and little time to sleep!

One of the keys to Dana’s success has been her determination (or stubbornness as her parents might call it!). It started with ignoring warnings from her parents to not go into business for herself, and continued through an early bump in the road where her landlord stopped paying the utility bills so Pinnacle Gymnastics was forced to relocate. Dana also shared the very real tremblings that come with signing a lease for big dollar amounts that have commas in them.  “We don’t teach about numbers with commas in kindergarten,” Dana joked!

She is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program ( and she shared with us some of his key takeaways from that program in our monthly Goldman 10 for 10 segment.  One of her key takeaways was how important it is to have a group of people who aren’t in your business or your industry who you can talk with about your business.  It’s a different conversation when it’s with people who don’t depend on you for their livelihood.

People, Companies and Resources We Mentioned in the Show

Pinnacle Gymnastics (

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program (

Back to School (

A Few Good Men (