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Burn Cycling in Inglewood, California, was previously owned by three men and one woman, according to the company’s website. When Julie “Slim Goodie” Adams and Iman “IE” Europe took it over in 2018, it became an exclusively Black women-owned business. Their core mission is to create a welcoming atmosphere that empowers the local Black community to achieve their health and self-care goals.

“I just think it’s another opportunity for the community,” Adams said in an interview with ABC 7. “Some people have never had the opportunity to take a spin class, and that’s why it’s great for us to be here in the community.”

Like all companies, they did not foresee the possibility of a pandemic at the beginning of 2020. And due to the curfew, their operations were abruptly halted.

“The whole pandemic has been a really hard blow,” said Adams. “And not just for us, but for everyone.”

Despite the support of the community, they almost had to close their doors forever.

“Another problem we had was the lack of funding, which is why we almost lost our business,” Europe said.

The couple was able to get through thanks to $43,000 in donations raised through GoFundMe. To spread the word about Burn Cycling, Europe tweeted: “Help me spread the word about Burn Cycling.” @BurnCyclinga Black/woman owned cycling studio in Inglewood, California! A like and a retweet can go a long way!”

They received nearly 4,000 retweets and twice as many likes. The tweet even caught the attention of sports journalist Jemele Hill, who wrote: “Oh wow… that’s not far from where I live. Will definitely check it out.”

“The pandemic taught me how powerful community is, because it was only through community that we were able to be here after the pandemic,” Europe said of how her and Adams’ business has evolved in the years since the peak of the pandemic.

“I know that a lot of people were hit just as hard as we were and that a lot of people weren’t able to recover from that,” Adams added. “And so it was just really good to be able to open up and come back for the community.”