Minnesota Business - Fight For A Cause
Article by ANNE KOPAS
Element Gym uses boxing to support local youth and give back to the community
If you ask people what kind of qualifications they would expect from a business owner, “professional boxer” probably wouldn’t be on the list. Yet this is exactly what qualifies Dalton Outlaw to run Element Gym the world’s first co-working and collaborative-benefit corporation gym.
Outlaw came to entrepreneurship just after the 2008 economic recession, when the boxing gyms he had grown up with closed because of poor management or lack of resources. He had a job in sales, but he says, “the corporate world wasn’t for me.” Instead, armed with a business degree, a passion for boxing and a desire to give back to the community, Outlaw founded Element Gym in 2011 (formerly Element Boxing and Fitness), putting his professional boxing career on hold.