October 30, 2014

Have HR Questions? Free Online Training with Answers!

Are you in the business of pet care services? Then don’t miss this FREE online training seminar! Every month, IBPSA members have an opportunity to learn from experts on a topic to help improve their business with a free online training seminar. This month, we’re giving non-members an opportunity to check out just one benefit of IBPSA membership – no strings attached! To register for this upcoming free online seminar, simply click the REGISTER button, below. Whether you already have Human Resources […]
September 16, 2014

Finding Your Support Team

Hello Readers, It has been a challenging time for the Association these past few months. Growing pains for some of it and also some failures. I am sure that as each of you look back over your business year there will be some hits and some misses – that is just how business is. Sometimes however it seems that Murphy’s Law is at work and we feel like we are experiencing more misses than hits. So what to do? One […]
September 15, 2014

SEO Alert! Free Online Training Seminar for Google Search Engine Ranking

Are you in the business of pet care services? Then don’t miss this FREE online training seminar! Every month, IBPSA members have an opportunity to learn from experts on a topic to help improve their business with a free online training seminar. This month, we’re giving non-members an opportunity to check out just one benefit of IBPSA membership – no strings attached! To register for this Wednesday’s free online seminar on search engine ranking, simply click the REGISTER button, below. Latest […]
November 30, 2012

An Original Recipe Revisted

Hello Again Readers! The cooking magazine clean up is still in progress and the pile of recipes (that I am sure I will cook – one day) continues to grow. This Holiday Season I wanted to use a recipe that I had found last year but finding that recipe was a challenge.   I searched through my pile of recipes but could not find this one recipe. Regret is what came next….if I had left the recipes in the magazines I […]
July 4, 2012

Cooking Up New Ideas

As business owners we become so focused on the day to day activities that we forget to look at the bigger picture. We have discussed money and business plans but now it is time to focus on how you keep growing so that your business can grow. We often plan to attend the industry trade show and conference or a regional meeting. Those are great times to meet with other business owners and share ideas. But sometimes we can learn […]
March 15, 2012

Review The Business Plan OR Call For A Pitchfork

Just when you thought I would be off of the “planning” subject… Lesson 2: Plan, Plan, and Plan some more or the poop will grow to gigantic proportions! The “Business Plan”. How many books did you read before you came up with your business plan? Penny and I read every book we could get our hands on to make sure we had a solid plan. I now own several books about writing a business plan. All the books were very […]
November 29, 2011

Build A Spending Plan OR Purchase A Shovel Today For The Poop That Will Come Tomorrow

Last week we talked about the Pet Care Service Association bankruptcy, dog poop and our response. This week we will begin the conversation on what we learned from PCSA and how we can turn poop into fertilizer for our own businesses. Lesson 1 – Plan, Plan, Plan! OR Buy A Shovel This seems like a “no brainer” – have a budget. However…..that is Really easy to say and Really difficult to accomplish! In a business environment, just like our personal finances, […]
November 8, 2011

Pet Care Services Bankrupted, Now What? Fertilizer!

Let’s just get this all out on the table. Bankruptcy makes picking up dog poop a dream job. Nobody really wants to pick up dog poop, but the dogs appreciate the clean yard and you may just get a doggy kiss or two as you go about cleaning up the yard. Bankruptcy however is a different story. All other options appear to have been exhausted and there isn’t enough money to keep the business alive.  Nobody wants to file bankruptcy […]
November 7, 2011

Dogs Changing Lives

Today, I would like to introduce you to a great program for our military who suffer from PTSD. Penny’s From Heaven: Train A Dog – Save A Warrior. We all have witnessed the contribution that dogs have made in the lives of individuals who suffer from a physical restriction. These dogs have the uncanny ability to know exactly how to take care of us when we are in need. Now, we are discovering that dogs can help us overcome mental distress and […]
February 10, 2011

Are You “Adding Value” To Your Services?

Last year, I took my dog to a doggie daycare for the day. I usually purchase several days worth of daycare to get a better rate which is “added value” to me. But this particular day the doggie daycare was trying to meet an in-house goal. As I purchased my “daycare package” of choice, they met a “mile marker” and rewarded me, the customer, with a dollar bill. Now, I can hear you saying a buck? Really? How is that […]