Hello all. I`ve just discovered this forum. After reading many of the posts and responses I feel as if I might get the answers I seek. A bit of background. I`m a 51 year old CPT (certified personal trainer) who wants out. I figure I have another 5 years before I reach physical and mental burnout. Hey, would you hire an almost 60 year old personal trainer? I had thought about opening a one on one gym but this place is flooded with them. So, I`ve been looking into business options. A friend suggested I open a coffee house. There`s a college campus being built here and this would be the perfect time to open this shop. There are also many new businesses and offices being built around the campus. My BF can wire the place for free internet access. I have ideas that would make the place a total community unto itself. I know it could be a success! My problem is..........where to get the funding. A loan is impossible due to past mistakes (husbands
) and available cash is not an option. I feel as if I have this thing that could see me to a secure future but I don`t know how to get it. Plus, I bake. What I bake is low carb, low fat, low sugar.......in other words healthy and the taste is incredible! Hey, fitness is my life! So, incorporate great coffee (beans from a local grower, community involvement!), great healthy food (small, select menu) and a place to call home and you have a hit! All I need is the funding. If anyone can offer some realistic advise I would more than appreciate it. Thank you for reading this!