That’s Why We Call It An Educational Conference!

THE BIG NEWS -> We just learned that some of the programs at our Fifth Annual IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference happening October 3-5 (pre-conference October 1-2), in Jacksonville, Florida, are in the process of being approved by the Professional Animal Certification Council (PACCC) for continuing education credits for both Certified Professional Animal Care Provider (CPACP) and Certified Professional Animal Care Manager (CPACM). The conference will be a prime opportunity to acquire a good number of CEUs at one time. More detailed information to follow as the individual courses get approved for CEUs, but wanted to share...

IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show Releases Full Conference Schedule

The fifth annual event being held October 3 -5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida, brings a range of session tracks to help pet care services providers maximize profits and plan for the future while avoiding burnout  August 3, 2017 –International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA), the professional business association serving the pet care services industry, today released the full conference schedule, along with details on pre-conference events, for the upcoming Fifth Annual IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show, taking place October 3-5, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. Pre-conference events begin two...

Fifth Annual IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show Announced

Conference dedicated to the business and personal success of members of the pet care services industry set for October 3-5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida  April 10, 2017 – The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) today announced that “earliest bird” registration for the trade association’s Fifth Annual IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show is now open. The educational event, happening October 3-5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida, features a line-up of new faces and seasoned pros all bringing fresh ideas and smart insight to educate and inspire the owners, managers, and key employees of pet boarding and daycare...

Call for Speakers for 2017 Pet Care Services Educational Conference

The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) today announced its “Call for Speakers” for the 2017 IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show happening October 3-5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. Next year’s gathering of business-minded pet care professionals will be the association’s fifth annual conference and promises to be the biggest one yet. “The significant growth in attendance at our education and business-focused conference reflects the rapid expansion of the pet care services industry and the increased competition,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, IBPSA Founder & Executive Director. “Pet care professionals look to our speakers for the insight...

What Happened in Vegas…

...Is not staying there! We had such an outstanding 2016 IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas this past October, we just had to revisit the highlights (and post our gallery of photos). From the pre-conference workshops to the more than 30 educational sessions, from opening to closing keynotes, we touched on virtually every major area of small business management and we’ve got the post-conference rundown for you, below. And for those attendees who have not completed your survey yet, we really value your feedback, so please do! Highlights from the 2016 IBPSA Pet...

A Conference for the Business of Pet Care

We've got a bounce in our step because October has arrived and we're just two weeks away from the IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show happening October 18 - 20 in Las Vegas. We're getting everything in place - like attendee swag bags (thank you sponsor, Kuranda Dog Beds​) - and getting very excited! There will also be book giveaways (thank you, Crystal Canine​), and a fun Welcome Reception, and inspiring, informative sessions, and two DYNAMIC keynotes, and... well, you'll just see! Have you registered yet? If not, it's not too late but...

Top 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Attending a Pet Care Industry Conference

The pet-related conference schedule is action-packed as we move toward fall. Many of you may have just attended SuperZoo and on the horizon this fall are WIPIN and PB&D (“Hershey”). Of course, the conference we’re most excited about is the 2016 IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show happening October 18-20, 2016, in Las Vegas. But no matter what conference you attend, tips from industry experts Carmen Rustenbeck, Charlotte Biggs, and Ben Day will help you maximize the time and money you put into attending, as well as your enjoyment.  Listen to their informative mini-webinar, below, for even...

Pet Care Business Pros, You Know What Summer Means, Right?

Summer means we're halfway through the year! Is your business where you want it to be?

July 1st marks the halfway point in the year. Can you believe that's almost here? Is your pet care business where you want it to be at this midway point and are you on track to meet your financial goals? If you're not quite where you hoped you'd be this year, or you're looking to be even bigger and better next year, then make sure you have the tools and knowledge you need to hit the ground running in 2017 (which will be here before you...

Is Your State Next? Pet Boarding Facilities Legislative Update

California Senate Bill 945 passed the Senate on Monday and now moves to the Assembly. The proposed law seeks to regulate pet boarding facilities defined in the bill as "any lot, building, structure, enclosure, or premises whereupon four or more dogs, cats, or other pets in any combination are boarded for compensation." The bill establishes specific procedures for "the care and maintenance of pets boarded at a pet boarding facility, including, but not limited to, sanitation, provision of enrichment devices, health of the pet, and safety." Because the measures called for in this bill as written could put serious financial burdens...

Take 5: Why Attending Professional Conferences Still Matters

When it's so easy to communicate online now - social media, skype, webinars - has the importance of attending live and in-person professional conferences been rendered obsolete? You're virtually keeping in touch with business colleagues and you're busy, tired and, hey, business is going pretty well as it is, why even bother? At the end of a long day, it's easy to rationalize the value away, but when we recently read 7 Reasons It Still Makes Sense to Go to Professional Conferences, we were reminded why we always feel recharged after we do make the effort to attend...