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Universal Martial Arts Academy owners James and Deundra Hundon

Growing a small business with Wells Fargo Works for Small Business

Business is growing at James and Deundra Hundon’s Universal Martial Arts Academy after their Wells Fargo Works for Small Business experience.

June 17, 2014

A small business makeover from Wells Fargo has James and Deundra Hundon feeling more optimistic than ever about the martial arts academy they opened in San Francisco in 2010.

In exchange for being one of five small businesses participating in the Wells Fargo Works Project and its online video series, Wells Fargo rewarded the Hundons with a new marketing plan, website, credit card processing for on-site payments, expert coaching, and other ideas for growing their small business.

As one of five small business customers featured in the Wells Fargo Works Project online video series, the Hundons received a new marketing plan, website, credit card processing for on-site payments, expert coaching, and other ideas for growing a small business.

“To have Wells Fargo say, ‘These people are special — let’s help them,’ is a dream come true,” says James.

Adds Deundra, “Wells Fargo Works has ignited hope in me that I never could have imagined.”

Known by customers as the energetic married couple who own Universal Martial Arts Academy, the Hundons say they believe in empowering students to use martial arts — not only to keep active, but also to discover the soul.

Before the Wells Fargo Works Project, the Hundons needed resources to attract new customers and a way to sign them up online and allow them to pay by credit card. Now, business is better than ever, they say, and their video makeover story is inspiring others.

The first-time business owners recently received an email from a businessman interested in opening his own fitness gym in San Diego. He asked them to mentor him after watching their Wells Fargo Works Project video.

Wells Fargo Works for Small Business

The Hundons’ video is part of Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance, and services to help small businesses become successful.

Visit the Wells Fargo Works Project page to watch all five videos in the series, learn business tips, and find out how small business owners can win similar guidance for their business through the Wells Fargo Works Project contest. Five small business owners will win tailored solutions for their businesses, $25,000, and a $5,000 donation to a Wells Fargo-approved charity in their community. The Wells Fargo Works Project contest is a judged contest where small business owners are asked to submit a 2 ½-minute video or a photo with up to a 600-word essay responding to contest questions about their business. The contest is free to enter and ends June 30, 2014. Visit the Wells Fargo Works Project page for full rules and details. Winners will be announced in September.

“This journey has been incredible for our company,” says Deundra. “We encourage all small business owners to enter the contest. The invaluable advice you could receive can lead to positive changes for your business that will make a huge difference.”

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