COVID Shutdown Inspires Workout Game Business Startup for Mears Native

Without any previous business or entrepreneurship experience, Alayna Ackley, a junior adolescent and young adult life science education major from Mears, Michigan, has founded her own business, Encore, a card game that turns working out into a friendly competition.

Currently, Encore focuses on abdominal workouts with the hope that it will eventually expand to cardio, leg and arm workouts. To preorder the game visit

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