Dog's Next Best Friend

Running buddy turns into small business idea

PO Box 8762 Breckenridge, CO 80424

906-370-8690 | Visit Website

Dog's Next Best Friend is an in-home pet care company. The owner, Liz Clawson, started running dogs in Michigan four years ago, looking for an early morning running buddy for safety purposes. When she moved out to Breckenridge, CO, in 2007, she continued offering dog walking, running, and pet-sitting services. Due to the increasing demand for in-home pet care in Summit County, Liz established an LLC and hired contract workers to fill in when she was already booked.

Liz learned about the Small Business Development Center at Colorado Mountain College through one of hercontract workers. Seeking to turn her little "side job" into a "professional and successful entrepreneurship," she met with Jack Taylor for several free business counseling sessions. His wealth of business knowledge was evident to her in their first meeting. He helped guide her through establishing an LLC, writing a business plan, and choosing a name for her company. He gave her positive reinforcement for the things she was already doing and challanged her to think BIG about the potential for hercompany. Even though she graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing, she did not know the basic steps to establishing he rown company. Jack and the SBDC helped her with the logistical side of starting herpet-sitting business. Her love for dogs and exercise make her..."Dog's Next Best Friend!"

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