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Megan Glassbrenner had the idea to open a consignment store when she realized that those existing in the Eau Claire area didn't focus on furniture and décor only, and used-furniture shops that did exist sold poor quality, very used items. "With Craiglist, there is no guarantee that your items will sell in a time sensitive situation, and then you have strangers in your house, and auction houses leave a lot more risk to the client on whether or not they will even get close to the value of their items," Glassbrenner said.

Having gone through an estate clean out in her family, she had decided that instead of donating the items to charity, she would set up a business that inspired economic growth and family empowerment by establishing a consignment shop solely for showroom quality furniture and décor. With the help of her husband, John, the Glassbrenners were ready to look for more business help.

John had a good job history with managing and sales techniques, but neither Megan nor her husband had enough hands-on knowledge of how to start a business from scratch.  The business was also far too new for a bank to touch a small business loan.

In order to get started on her goal, Megan came to Western Dairyland; she wanted to make sure she was going in the right direction with the store.  By meeting with Ken Pearson, Megan was able to build a great business plan with a modest financial forecast for the next three years, something Megan said was very helpful to know in order to see if the business would fail or succeed.  

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