Kim Stoner, the owner of Ashland Doggy Daycare & More, LLC had a passion for dogs and worked with in the veterinary field for about 10 years which gave her the background necessary to be able to care for the dogs and understand their needs. Stoner wanted to provide a place that dogs would be able to run around without being locked up in a cage all day. With this vision in mind she recognized need for this type of facility in Ashland. A place that offered a daycare, boarding, and grooming to “Pet Parents” in our area. Stoner came to AAED to develop her business plan, find connections for financing, establish a vendor’s license, and begin the steps necessary to open her business. She was able to open with in two weeks of receiving funding in June of 2016.

Teresa Humrichouser started Crazy Monkey Baking because of her passion for baking and trying to create something that allowed her to stay at home. Her granola cookie crunch became extremely popular at the local farmer’s markets and her products sold out every time. After two moves Crazy Monkey ended up in their newest and biggest location behind Caddy Shack. The new bakery has a loading dock and more space to allow them to grow and bring on new businesses.

When asked the best part about starting/building this company Teresa states, “It is amazing when I step back and look at how far the business has come from my home kitchen. There is a lot pride in knowing we have built this business from the ground up. It has been extremely challenging and I have learned so much and I know I still have so much more to learn!” Crazy Monkey Baking is being sold in over 500 stores at this time and they also have a few distributors that continue to pick up additional businesses.

Ashland natives Doug and Anna Reynolds have been in the process of renovating the old Gilbert’s building into the new Uniontown Brewing Company. “This is our community, our hometown, and we want to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Ashland. We will promote other local businesses and community efforts to bring people downtown to shop from Ashland entrepreneurs.” Doug and Anna are planning that the brewery/restaurant will attract people downtown and stimulate the economy.

AAED helped get their business plan and the community reinvestment act completed so that they were able to get moving forward on the renovation and organizing the new building for their move in. The brewery will be a 5 barrel brew house that will be in the basement along with the storage systems in the walk in coolers that allow the beer to be sent upstairs to the restaurant.

The Lahmers family has already gotten their business off the ground and moving forward in their future endeavors gettng more orders every month. They are in 57 stores for the time being, their products can be found in Cleveland, Wooster, Uhrichsville, Ashland, and many more cities throughout Ohio. The motivation behind starting the creamery would be the ability to take out the peaks and valleys of the milk prices. Even though the highs were profitable, the lows were bad. With consistent pricing the Lahmers will have a more reliable stream of income. Right now they bottle only about 10% of their own milk production, that small amount makes them more money than selling to another farm or another company to be bottled. Joel and Christy Hulse are a part of operations of the farm and bottling the milk. According to Joel Hulse, “The goal for the future would be to bottle all our own milk. Right now it’s only about 10% of our total milk we get from our cows which ends up being about 1,000 gallons a week on average”. With a broader sales territory and increased sales they have the potential to expand their production lines. As they increase sales they are also planning to expand the types of products they offer.

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