Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Fit to Fly

May 25, 2016

Louisville Community Services’ agency loans help local business grow and develop

Join Louisville Metro Community Services’ Director Eric Friedlander, representatives of the Microbusiness Development Program, and Jeanette Martinez – business owner -- for the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration of Fit to Fly on May 26 at 11 a.m. at 801 Barret Ave., Suite 203.  Fit to Fly is a unique and creative fitness studio which specializes in pole, aerial, flexibility and personal training.


  • Eric Friedlander, Director of Louisville Metro Community Services
  • Business owner, Jeanette Martinez
  • Louisville Metro Community Services’ Microbusiness Development Program staff: Syvoskia Pope, Erin Waddell and Derrick Mitchell

WHAT:  Ribbon-cutting for Fit to Fly, L.L.C.
                Fitness class demonstrations open to attendees

WHEN:  Thursday May 26, 11 a.m. 

WHERE: 801 Barret Avenue, Suite 203

MORE: Fit to Fly owner, Jeanette Martinez, was awarded a $5,000 revolving loan from Community Services’ Microbusiness Development Program last June to start her fitness studio which offers Barre, Pilates, yoga, pole and aerial fitness all in a one-hour, laser lit glow-in-the-dark class.  After launching her business in October 2015, Jeanette saw the need to expand her business to the Barret Avenue location.

Jeanette is an internationally recognized contortionist and certified yoga instructor with over 30 years of combined flexibility, gymnastics and fitness training.  After a terrible fire accident in 2012, causing extensive injuries to Jeanette’s face and body, she was told she would never perform or teach again. Jeanette fought against all odds and won her battle, and has now dedicated her life to helping others fight their own personal battles and discover fitness, health and wellness in unique and creative, fun exercise forms.

Microenterprises are businesses that employee five or fewer individuals, including the owner.  The loan program provides an opportunity for business financing outside of mainstream financial institutions and opportunities to offer credit-building products for low-income borrowers.  The Microbusiness Program is part of the Advocacy and Empowerment division of Community Services.  For more information about Community Services’ microbusiness trainings and loan opportunities, visit  For more information about Fit to Fly, visit