ABC Studio & Activity Center Opens for Business
The Wells County Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors welcomed Andrea Mann, owner, with ABC Dance Studio and Activity Center with a Ribbon Cutting on September 12. The studio is located at Cooper Commons at 1169 North Main St, Ste 1, Bluffton.
Mann had the idea to open the facility when a local dance company decided to close. “My daughter is involved with dance and I wanted the opportunity to continue to serve the youth in the community. Therefore, ABC Studio was born. Our classes started last week and it’s been going very smoothly,” explained Mann.
Mann will be the first to tell you that she is not a dancer, but she is an entrepreneur and very detailed and organized. “I was very particular in the process to find instructors with experience and those that work well with kids.”
Enrollment to join a class will stay open until October 1. ABC Studio and Activity Center offers a range of classes from Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Technique. Mann said, “adult classes are on the horizon starting with Clogging and my goal is to offer cheer and tumbling in our community as well.”
“We want this studio to be a fun place for kids to learn at an affordable price. We have the space and the ability to grow our programs and that’s pretty exciting,” Mann said . In addition, ABC Studio will be offering multifamily and military discounts.
Mann took advantage of the Revolving Loan Fund Program through Wells County Economic Development to be used towards the needed interior construction to the facility. “This would never have happened without their support and guidance,” stated Mann.
The Wells County Economic Development has developed a revolving loan fund program through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) intended to promote economic growth and job creation by assisting small businesses.
“Diane Johnson was so helpful through the entire process of how to apply and what I needed to do to make it happen. My husband, Cory, and I put together a construction plan, filled out the necessary paperwork, and waited for loan approval to get started and we hit the ground running.”
Pictured in photo:
Mayor Ted Ellis
Doug Brown, News-Banner, Chamber Ambassador
Emily Mongiello, Metropolitan Title
Blake Fiechter, BKM Real Estate
Veronica Runyon, ABC Dance & Activity Studio
David Spears, The David Spears Agency
Cory Mann, ABC Dance & Activity Studio
Samantha Mann, ABC Dance & Activity Studio
Elizabeth Mann, ABC Dance & Activity Studio
Andrea Mann, ABC Dance & Activity Studio
Sam Haiflich, BKM Real Estate
Lisa Haiflich, BKM Real Estate, Chamber Ambassador
Jenny Gilliam, ABC Dance & Activity Studio
Heather Morgan, National Oil, Chamber Ambassador
Jessica Beste, American Mortgage, Chamber Ambassador
Michael Lautzenheiser, Area Plan Director
Erin Prible, Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
Chad Kline, Wells County Economic Development, Executive Director