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Entrepreneur seeks help from Coshocton

| February 14, 2013

COSHOCTON – On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Gretchen Colby, an entrepreneur from Boston, Mass. will visit Coshocton to explore the possibility of making a limited number of two wood-based products. She will bring the prototypes of each with her. You are welcome to come to the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce office located at 401 Main St. from 4 to 5 p.m. to view these and hear more about this exciting opportunity.

Her first project is a toy boat (dory) that was once very popular along the East Coast but is now no longer made. The second is a folding beach/lawn/deck chair with a fabric slingback seat. While this chair resembles other popular folding wood and fabric chairs currently on the market, it is unique in that it is also a rocking chair and is remarkably comfortable. This product also requires a fabric component.

Properly developed, both items could be the beginning of a line of “classic American summer” products.

Since this is an exploratory visit, Colby is looking to ascertain if:

– Successful new prototypes can be made of the dory and the chair based on the version she’s bringing, which are both around 50-80 years old 

– If they can be made cost effectively

– If 75-100 of the boats could be made and 50 of the chairs could be made in advance of the summer market in time for distribution.

If you have questions, contact the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce office at 622-5411.

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