Business Spotlight: Eagle Tennis Club

Sep 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Commentary

By Mountain America Credit Union

ETC indoor tennisBeing an entrepreneur is more than just having a great idea. It’s about having the passion to see it through to fruition. Kara Hoge has that passion.

About eight years ago, after a bout with breast cancer, Kara was looking for a new way to be active. She decided to take up tennis and fell in love with it. As she became stronger, healthier and put cancer in her rearview mirror, she began to think about giving back to her community. This is when the idea to open Eagle Tennis Club (ETC) was born.

“I’m always looking for ways to make people’s lives better,” said Kara. “I wanted to provide a place that had excellent customer service and a focus on health, family and community fun.”

Kara says when the doors opened in 2016, it was the most satisfying day in her professional life. She appreciates the members’ support and the fact that her staff believes in her vision 100 percent. They all do everything in their power to ensure each member thoroughly enjoys their club experience.

As an entrepreneur, there’s always a new challenge on your path. The goal is to see past these obstacles and find solutions. Kara is tenacious when it comes to getting things done and is always looking for ways to make things better than when she found them. She says she probably learned this from her parents who, although they always worked for employers, were constantly innovating everyday tasks and processes. With this kind of example, there was no question Kara was going to succeed. “I know there will be obstacles during my projects. I believe each one offers a valuable lesson,” she says. “I’m an optimistic person who believes there’s always a solution. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll seek out people that can help me figure it out.”

ETCfitnessTo Kara, the community of Eagle is everything. She wants to see it thrive and is excited when new businesses open and want to make her community better. Kara believes the most valuable things an entrepreneur can possess are:

Excellent organizational and execution skills—someone’s got to keep the project on track.
Flexibility—plans are constantly changing and adjusting.
Vison—Keep your business dream at the forefront of everything you do.
Ability to take risks—It’s scary, buy you’ll have to risk to achieve.
Belief—Be confident that your idea will be a success.

Aside from Kara herself, what makes ETC so special to Eagle, and all the club members, is everything it offers. There are 12 state-of-the-art indoor tennis courts (air-conditioned!), an online court reservation system, certified tennis pros, an on-site café, fitness classes, tennis programs for both adults and juniors and the best customer service around.

Kara’s not stopping there. Phase two of the project includes a spa, competitive swimming pool and more! ETC, in addition to already hosting their own tournaments and member socials, is on-track to become a destination for premiere tennis events.


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