Fort, a workshop/furniture reseller and gallery, is a journey as much as a destination when looking to acquire or trade furniture. Jacqueline Sharp, owner and founder of Fort has crafted an eco-friendly business model that gives a new life and new home to striking and hand-crafted furniture pieces.
Sharp, who studied art/design at the University of Iowa, started Fort in February 2011 with the idea to lighten landfills while preserving some great pieces. “Many of our pieces are made from scrap and reclaimed materials in addition to well-curated vintage pieces,” said Sharp.
Sharp had the core of her business plan in place in 2010, unfortunately her business partner backed out causing her serious concerns. She researched and walked into the local Women’s Business Center. “Honestly, I would not have found the courage or strength to start Fort without the help of the WBC,” said Sharp. “I didn’t know where to start on a business plan or anything about projections.”... Read More