The Small Business of the Year: Faith, family and community at the heart of Kauffman Lawn Furniture

The Small Business of the Year: Faith, family and  community at the heart of Kauffman Lawn Furniture
Dave Mast

Kauffman Lawn Furniture was honored as the 2018 Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Small Business of the Year, thanks to the dedicated group of employees and the Kauffman family.

                        

It is always something special to see a business rise from a dream in someone’s mind to a thriving, successful business. But when that dream becomes a reality and brings along with it the joy of working alongside family, that makes it something very special.

On Thursday, Nov. 8 at Carlisle Inn at Walnut Creek, one such family owned and operated business was honored as the 2018 Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Small Business of the Year.

Presenter Vic Weaver of sponsoring Killbuck Savings Bank said David Kauffman has built something special along state Route 39, heading west out of Millersburg. It has recently expanded to include a showroom near Berlin.

Weaver said because of the commitment to quality and faith, Kauffman Lawn Furniture grew from a small idea and blossomed into a large operation that has been a mainstay in the outdoor furniture business in Holmes County for quite some time.

The company has invested in offering some of the finest in outdoor lawn furniture, garden structure, buildings and animal sheds and has become a go-to for both locals and tourists looking for the best in outdoor furniture.

“Kauffman Lawn Furniture has certainly grown beyond the modest 1994 venture,” Weaver said of the business. “The company has maintained success through dedication to locally sourced products and service to their customer base. That has made the business one of the top retailers of outdoor furniture and structures in the Holmes County area. It remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.”

Weaver said the company has experienced growth every year since its inception in 1994.

Kauffman told Weaver his goal is to continually offer the best quality products at a fair price and treat his customers like they want to be treated while providing for not just his family, but also for the families of all his employees.

At the heart of that is the family’s faith, something Kauffman said allowed them to pursue the company. “Our faith has been and always will be the most important part of our business,” Kauffman said.

Born and raised in Holmes County, Kauffman said one person alone cannot expect to find success in the business world, noting the need for community is critical.

Weaver said Kauffman honors the role of local suppliers, area business associates and merchant groups to help maintain the vitality of his company.

“We have grown to appreciate this community and the support we get on a daily basis so much,” Kauffman said. “We feel very blessed to be a part of such a faith-based, caring and dedicated community.”

Kauffman said entities like the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, Berlin Main Street Merchants, Berlin Township Trustees and the Holmes County commissioners have created a perfect environment for local businesses to succeed.

“David remains faithful to his faith, family, community and customers in his work every day,” Weaver said. “Through this dedication Kauffman Lawn Furniture has become an integral part of this community.”


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