Naithan Jones – Founder and CEO of

[quote style=”boxed”]I would not think about scale at all early on, I would focus on acquiring knowledge first and foremost, even if the best way to acquire knowledge isn’t the scaleable business model it will likely produce it. [/quote] Nait Jones is the CEO and  founder of (recently named “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies […]

Mark Schottland – Owner of Dogtopia

[quote style=”boxed”]I would seriously consider purchasing whatever building your brick and mortar store is going into. I didn’t and I wish I had.[/quote] Mark Schottland spent 11 years in the financial services sector with Russell Investments out of Seattle. As a regional director in a “road warrior” culture, he burned out from spending Friday nights […]

Buddy Wakefield – Author of HENHOUSE

[quote style=”boxed”]Practice practice practice. Revise revise revise. Return to your breath, every single time. Start again. Go.[/quote] Buddy Wakefield of Kingston, Washington is a Vipassana meditator, a three-time international spoken word champion, novice triathlete, author of three books of vulnerability for growth junkies, and one book about healthy backyard chicken-keeping practices, called HENHOUSE (based on […]

Dana Humphrey – PR Consultant and Owner at Whitegate PR

Dana Humphrey is the lead Marketing and PR Consultant and Owner at Whitegate PR with experience publicizing small and large businesses, artists, authors and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad, with a specific focus in consumer, professional services and retail industries – especially in the pet industry! After working “in-house” in San Diego and New […]

Susan Shaw – Owner of TheArtBarn

[quote style=”boxed”]If you don’t know you can’t do it, you can do it![/quote] “Farmer Sue,” as she has been dubbed by the children who have visited her farm, will warm your heart with her unending enthusiasm and genuine love for her favorite things: children, art, animals and agriculture. As the self-proclaimed “Happiest Girl in the […]

Brandon Forder – Co-Owner of Canadian Pet Connection

[quote style=”boxed”]Talk less and listen more. Pay attention to your clients–they are the ones who feed your family. Listen to your staff, ask for their advice, and take their suggestions seriously. Treat them with respect. Get involved in your community, and make a positive difference. Wash, rinse and repeat.[/quote] Brandon Forder is a pet health […]

Alexis Peterka – Founder of Stayhound

[quote]Listen to your body and mind and take breaks when you need to. I see entrepreneurs ending up in the ER and losing relationships because they insist on grinding gears in pursuit of some macho ideal of how a startup founder is supposed to live. This is the only life I have, I don’t want […]

Five Questions with Danny Barnhill

Who are you and what do you do? I am the founder and president of Atlanta Pet Partners and a pet handler/pet partner team just outside of Atlanta, GA. I created Atlanta Pet Partners in March 2011 to help patients in area hospitals, rehab centers, children’s hospitals, retirement homes and many more to live and […]

Elliot Katz – Founder of In Defense of Animals

Elliot Katz, DVM, is the Founder and President Emeritus of the animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals (IDA). Founded in 1983, IDA is an international animal protection organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by advocating for, and protecting their rights, welfare and habitats; as well as raising their status beyond that […]