“My family is here in Youngstown. I wanted to come back and be a part of the tremendous revitalization I saw here when I returned. My family came on-board with support,” she says.
Ms. Avery and the Library connected through the Youngstown Business Incubator, Women in Entrepreneurship (WE) program, when the business spot in the Canfield Library became vacant. Ms. Avery enrolled in the program and found help with financial information, creating a business plan and other areas she felt she needed. She said the WE program was valuable in that it provided a network and connected her with “like-minded women with whom I’ve created lasting friendships.” She notes, “There are unique challenges for women entrepreneurs” and her time with the WE program strengthened her confidence and knowledge.
The Grand Opening includes gift bags for the first 50 people, door prizes, and free samples of two kinds of cookies.
“I offer traditional cookies,” Ms. Avery said, “and I provide unique flavor options. I aim to convey the feeling of ‘home.’” She will offer season cookies, such as an upcoming fall selection using apple, maple and pumpkin flavors. She loves to work with what she calls “flavor development.”
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