Northwestern Ohio Village is home to many women-owned businesses

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Many small towns are powered by the local businesses that line the streets. And there’s a fun fact about the shops in one village in Northwest Ohio in particular.

Swanton town center is full of local shops, boutiques and salons. Julia Benfield is a nurse by training, she also owns Benfield Wines.

“More than half of the businesses on the main street are owned by women. We work together to promote and support each other.

Julia loves being around other women who have their own business. “Most of us are moms. Like our children, we want to develop our businesses. We also want to promote the economic development of the village of Swanton.

And there is a lot of variety when it comes to shops owned by women in the village. “We have a bakery, cellar, gift and clothing stores, trade shows, and home businesses like photography studios.”

Mary Frost runs one of the home photography studios. She says her business has grown in recent years thanks in part to the support of others. For example, local businesses invited her to set up a table to showcase her work.

“A lot of things take teamwork and it’s great to be able to show my daughter that I am developing and strengthening friendships and business relationships so that I can grow my business on my own. “

And it’s not just the city’s traditional storefronts. Tiffany Flathers is the owner of C&F Hauling and Junk Removal.

“There is a great connection. You can reach out and ask different questions if you’re not sure. It’s exciting to have them all there.

Julia says their differences made them all stronger, especially since they all worked to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. “We survived because we work together, we market together, we organize events to support each other. We have monthly meetings where we exchange ideas to make sure we are all successful and that Swanton is successful. “

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