FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILITARY SPOUSE-OWNED BUSINESS PUSHED OFF
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AFTER FIVE YEARS
Honolulu, Hawaii (May 19, 2014) – This week, 25 military spouses lost their jobs and hundreds of military spouses and active duty military have lost an opportunity to promote health in their lives when the local Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, also known as MWR, pushed DumBell Fitness off base and replaced the business with another non-military affiliated
business, which lead to the Don’t Push Us Off movement.
DumBell Fitness, a company built with noble intentions by a military veteran/spouse and a company that employs other military spouses, has been decimated for no conceivable reason after operating legally and responsibly for five years without incident in several military locations.
Leaders at both Base and Fleet and Family Support told DumBell Fitness their deciding factor would have nothing to do with monetary gains, but rather the overall value the company brought to the families it served. DumBell Fitness was assured that they could turn in a proposal designating one third of their profits to MWR, because MWR would consider other factors like the military spouse employment and the free childcare that is uniquely provided.
After the non-award letter came in, a contracting officer stated that the DumBell Fitness proposal was not even entertained during the competitive bid because it did not meet the 15% Gross minimum commission to MWR. DumBell Fitness’s entire profitable margin is 15% Gross. DumBell Fitness offered to pay JBPHH 5% Gross, 33% of their profitable gains each month.
“I want JBPHH (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam) to recognize that DumBell Fitness is the best fit for Boot Camp training in our community,” said Christina Landry, Owner and Trainer at DumBell Fitness. “We are a veteran/military spouse-owned small business that has offered an affordable fitness class to thousands of military spouse over the past five years and we would like to continue to do that with the support of JBPHH.”
DumBell Fitness has shown their community support by participating in multiple organization events including but not limited to Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, Push Ups for Charity and Relay for Life. They also host a special boot camp to benefit the Honolulu Zoo each year, raising more than $4,000 in the past two years, and almost $2,000 for the Operation Home Front’s Meals for Military Families.
Spots for the remaining boot camp classes located off base will only accommodate a fraction of what the current class enrollment is. Additionally, future projections showed class size would increase significantly on base with the immediate opening of three more planned locations in order to keep up with demand, upon being awarded the contract.
About DumBell Fitness
DumBell Fitness, created to fulfill a requirement that was not available to military personnel and dependents stationed in the area, is a military spouse-owned company based in Honolulu, Hawaii that serves to keep military families healthy through fitness as a form of family support. Our goal is to bring health and wellness to the military spouses and civilian communities all over the world through the online challenge, DumBell 4 Life, and through the many fitness Boot Camps we offer locally. Owner Christina Landry has been awarded the Military Spouse of the Year for Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam two years in a row from Military Spouse Magazine, was featured as a top ten Military Spouse CEO at the AUSA Conference in Washington D.C., and awarded the Best of Honolulu Award for Personal Trainers in 2013 and 2014. For more information, testimonials and to join the movement today, please visit http://dumbellfitness.
Reposted with permission 5/19/14 –Kapolea
MILITARY SPOUSE-OWNED BUSINESS PUSHED OFF JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AFTER FIVE YEARS