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MEDINA, Ohio – Business owner Amy Douglass came up with a quick list of topics that she hopes Governor John Kasich addresses during his State of the State address Monday night at the Performing Arts Center in Medina.

Douglass, who owns The Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop, said she would like Kasich to create a statewide initiative to encourage people to shop at local stores.

“It’s very difficult competing against the big box stores, number one, and there are so many small businesses in small towns around Ohio,” Douglass said.

Another concern she would like discussed is the high cost of healthcare, something she has never been able to provide in 13 years as a small business owner.

Douglass only has four employees and they depend on their husbands for health benefits.

“We just can’t afford to offer it and it’s very important to be able to offer something like that to families.”



Article and Picture Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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