Genius Fitness MMA

Genius Fitness & MMA receives support through the Government of Canada-funded My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program

Genius Fitness & MMA is pleased to be receiving a non-repayable contribution of $10,000 through the My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program.

This contribution will allow Genius Fitness & MMA to support findings from the market research provided by My Main Street to drive economic growth and attract new customers to the business and the entire Port Colborne community.

On behalf of Genius Fitness & MMA, we would like to thank Olga Loeffen, the City of Port Colborne, and the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario for supporting our local business. 

The My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program is delivered by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario with an overall Government of Canada investment of $23.25 million through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to support the recovery and strength of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario.

Owner Anthony Romero is a professional mixed martial artist who has been sharing his knowledge of MMA for over a decade. His passion for martial arts as well as teaching it started at a young age, and most evenings you can find him instructing classes for children, teens and adults in his gym at 13 Clarence Street. Pre-COVID he enjoyed being involved in several high school summer school gym classes and is hopeful to start participating again in the near future.

Genius Fitness & MMA opened its doors in November 2021 and since then, Romero’s membership has remained steady. With the help of the My Main Street program, he is expanding his location to the recently vacated home of Lock Pizza to not only accommodate the needs of his growing client list, but more importantly to continue to influence the health and well being of his community.


“Main streets play a vital role in growing local communities and economies for everyone. The Government of Canada will continue to invest in My Main Street and the small businesses the program serves, resulting in local economic growth and more vibrant neighbourhoods for Canadians and their families to call home.”

-       The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario


“Small businesses in Port Colborne play a vital role in the success of our local economy. Through My Main Street, our government, in collaboration with EDCO and CUI is committed to helping communities bring their main streets back to life by supporting businesses that will reanimate our neighbourhoods, creating jobs and driving economic growth for local economies.”

-              Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre


“The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is delighted to be delivering the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program to support local business and main streets across southern Ontario. Thanks to the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, local businesses will have access to resources to help create economic opportunities for these main street communities, which is an essential component to a successful local economy.”

-           Heather Lalonde, Chief Executive Officer for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario


“I am thankful for the opportunity My Main Street has givin my business. To have the support of the community means so much. We are looking forward to expanding our location, and this non-repayable funding will give us an opportunity to purchase new equipment, giving our current and future members the chance to achieve their health goals.”

-          Anthony Romero, Genius Fitness & MMA  


“On behalf of myself and City staff, I would like to congratulate Anthony Romero on  being awarded non repayable funding through the Main Street Accelerator program. His contributions to the health and fitness community of our city, paired with his career accolades and future goals make him an excellent candidate for this program.”

-      Bram Cotton, Economic Development Officer, City of Port Colborne


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Media Contacts

My Main Street

Edward Hutchinson

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario




Economic Developers Council of Ontario

The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is delivering the My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program stream, which is supporting the revitalization of main street communities and provides non-repayable contributions for more than 650 local businesses across southern Ontario. The program focuses on creating and maintaining vibrant and inclusive local main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in our communities.


About FedDev Ontario

For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


About the City of Port Colborne

Located on the south coast of the scenic Niagara Region, with a mission to provide an exceptional small town experience in a big way, Niagara’s Port of Call has found the perfect balance – successful industrial and commercial sectors, comfortable and scenic residential areas, white sand beaches, unique culinary choices, the world class Sugarloaf Marina, fishing, golfing, trails, shopping districts along the historic Welland Canal and an energized festival and entertainment scene that includes live theatre – truly a community that adds to the overall Niagara experience. To learn how you can PORTicipate with us, visit our website.