Michael Brauning entered retirement without firm plans, while his wife, Chris Brauning, entered retirement with a desire to sew. Because Mr. Brauning had been in the commercial and personal insurance industry, and Mrs. Brauning in non-profit management, it seemed natural that they try to combine their business acumen with Mrs. Brauning’s love of fabric art. In February 2016 they began to plan to open a fine fabrics and notions store in their hometown of Dover, Ohio. Beginning by seeking help from experts in entrepreneurship, including the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kent State University’s Tuscawaras campus, they developed a business plan. “We had good professional advice provided to us early on from the Ohio Small Business Development program. We formed a business plan with their guidance and materials they provided us,” said Mr. Brauning.
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