Jerredi Hauck opened Limelitez Dance Academy in 2008, when she envisioned a studio that offered a unique perspective with a variety of dance styles to practice. Public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person classes a concern for the business owner. With support from Community Futures Entre-Corp Hauck was able to access iPads and other technological equipment and use them to conduct online classes for her students.
“It’s been really great to have the opportunity to move classes back and forth between in-person and online,” she says. “And it’s an easy process for the teachers to set up the iPads in the studio.”
Of course in-person classes are always ideal, but Hauck says the iPads will continue to have use in the future. When students are sick or on a holiday, they will have the option to access the classes online and stay up to date with what was taught in class that day.
“For anybody who’s looking to open a business, or is looking for advice about opening a business, Community Futures is not only supportive, but they’re instrumental in creating, building and believing in Medicine Hat’s entrepreneurs,” she says.
Previously to opening her business, Hauck attended a training program with Community Futures Entre-Corp which gave her the support to officially open her business in the city. Throughout the years her studio has grown, which has given her the opportunity to move into larger spaces.
“We’ve gone to Community Futures when we’ve wanted to develop and grow our business. Every time we’ve shared ideas with them, we were directed to the right decisions,” she says. “We’ve felt welcomed from the very beginning, and all of that help is appreciated beyond words.”