Bellamy Young, most well known for her role as Mellie Grant on ABC’s “Scandal”, has been making stops around northern Virginia for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, speaking with small business owners about their needs and asking what Clinton can do for them.
On Aug. 25, Young visited More Than Cheer (MTC), a cheerleading and gymnastics gym in Ashburn co-owned by Brittany Rose and Sema Konur-McIntyre. Rose started the business in 2008 while attending Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2013, she brought her long time friend, Konur-McIntyre on board.
Young wrapped up the discussion by asking the two women what small business owners struggle with most. The women brought up funding. Rose and Konur-McIntyre have a philosophy of putting themselves last, which sometimes means not getting paid. They want to take care of their employees above all, but without enough start-up funding and cash flow, they cannot hire employees full time and give them the benefits they feel they deserve. Young said she would carry that message back to the Clinton campaign.
It’s a dilemma for many start ups, especially if under capitalized. The cheerleading industry has found a welcome home in Loudoun County and competitors abound. In recent years, Loudoun County high schools have been among the best in Virginia, and private clubs/gyms are among the most elite in the region.
MTC offers a variety of programs, including classes, camps, clinics, and cheerleading competition teams for kindergarten aged girls through high school. Rose is hoping to franchise MTC but said the process is lengthy, confusing and expensive. She wishes there was a way to change or streamline the process to help small business owners and entrepreneurs like herself.
More on MTC and cheerleading in Loudoun County coming soon.