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New Albany veteran busy growing bakery she began almost a year ago

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NEW ALBANY, Indiana (WDRB) -- It's a long way from a war zone to opening a new business, but Laura Buckingham has now made that journey.

This past November she opened Bread and Breakfast, a small bakery on the corner of Main and Bank Streets in downtown New Albany.

She's already making some changes to her new business. As we found when we visited her retail operation on Friday, it's difficult to keep up with her. She is always on the move whether it is baking in the kitchen or waiting on customers. 

Laura says she started baking bread for her family and then friends started asking it for themselves. So with their encouragement, she began selling her homemade bread at farmers markets throughout southern Indiana. The sales went well so with even further encouragement she opened her bakery in December of last year.

"I was a baker before, and now I am learning to be more of a businesswoman learning a lot of business lessons, today I am more focused than ever," says Laura.

Business is good so just in a short time she's revamped her menu, hired more employees, and is getting ready to add more seating.

"We are also going to begin wholesaling to about six or seven local restaurants that like to support other local businesses," she says.

Laura says she works with local farmers and other area vendors to serve the freshest ingredients. She says there have been a few bumps in the road during her first months running a business but that local customers and others have helped her to not only survive but to grow.

"I had a lot of support when I first started by a lot of other entrepreneurs and they all said the same thing," she explains, "adapt and overcome, you have to be willing to make changes, if there is anything I could pass along to others is that you have to be willing to change."

Laura is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps having served in combat zones in Iraq and Somalia as a field radio operator. Now, she says she is happy to be a part of the revived downtown New Albany as a businesswoman.

She adds, "It was the Marine Corps that gave me the strength to stand up for my business and protect it and bring it back to its original mission."

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