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Bark Your Biz Announces Entrepreneur Lineup for Global Pet Expo Program

Entrepreneur elevator pitch competition to feature nine company founders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Bark Your Biz, the first and only entrepreneur pitch competition exclusively for the pet care industry, has closed applications and announced the lineup for this year’s live program at the 2019 Global Pet Expo.

The event takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room W306A at the Orlando Convention Center.

Bark Your Biz was created by and is hosted by Anthony and Amanda Bennie, the 22-time award-winning founders of Clear Conscience Pet. The program is sponsored by Clear Conscience Pet and its SuperGravy brand of holistic instant pet food topper gravy and broth mixes.

Bark Your Biz gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their products or services in a three minute elevator pitch to a panel of pet industry experts. The “Barkers” will be questioned about their products, branding, and market strategy by the panel. Three winners will be selected among the contestants based on Pitch, Product, and Market Potential. The winners will be eligible for personal consulting sessions from the hosts and panelists, including branding and packaging reviews, website evaluations, digital marketing support, ecommerce, and retail penetration strategies.

The Bark Your Biz lineup of companies and founder/presenters is as follows. Note that the order of presenters is accurate, but the assigned time slots are approximate.

  • 3:00-3:10 Animal Essentials: Greg Tilford
  • 3:15-3:25 Addison Pet Yards- Fish Gallery- Yard Dog: Roger DeGregori
  • 3:30-3:40 Pet FX/Canna Love: Jarid Gardner
  • 3:45- 3:55 Teef! Daily Dog Dental Care: Lindsey Huff & Emily Stein
  • INTERMISSION 10 MINUTES
  • 4:10- 4:20 Kitchen Dog: Terry Kasper
  • 4:25- 4:35 Walkee Paws: Lisa Baronoff
  • 4:40- 4:50 Rockster Pet Foods: Zoe and Sven Ley
  • 4:55- 5:05 Pet Krewe: Allison Albert
  • 5:15-5:25 K9 Corp. / Yak-9 Chews Pukar Payakurel
  • 5:25- 5:30: PANEL CONFERS, SCORES TALLIED, and WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The panelists for Bark Your Biz are pet business experts and writers:

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  • Phil Chang is the Founder of Retail Phil and is a retailing expert and consultant who writes for Pet Product News and other publications. Chang will also be leading a retailing strategy seminar at the 2019 Global Pet Expo;
  • BC Henschen is the founder/owner of the Platinum Paws, a legacy independent pet specialty retail store in Carmel, Indiana. Henschen also serves as Association for Truth in Pet Food consumer advocate on the board of the American Association of Feed Control Officials, and also serves on the World Pet Association board of directors. His monthly column can be found monthly on the back page of PET PRODUCT NEWS.
  • Candace D’Agnolo is a pet industry consultant who built a successful pet specialty retail chain and is now the founder and CEO of Pet Boss Nation, a membership-based think tank and training resource for pet business entrepreneurs. Pet Boss Nation hosts Camp Pet Boss, a rustic annual retreat for pet business entrepreneurs. D’Agnolo also writes a monthly column in PETS+ magazine.

Bark Your Biz welcomes Global Pet Expo press, buyers, and exhibitors to attend all or part of the live studio taping. “The show is entertaining and informative,” said Bennie. “Our panelists do ask some tough questions, but always with kindness and a genuine desire to help identify strengths and opportunities for the Barkers.”

The show will be available as a Bennie and the Pets Podcast as well as on the Clear Conscience Pet YouTube channel after the show is completed.

clearconsciencepet.com/barkyourbiz/

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Holistic Care Webinar Replay Available Online

Topics include CBD, herbs, essential oils, and supplements.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On Nov. 2, CBD Dog Health’s founder Angela Ardolino partnered with Gregori Lukas of THEO Pet Grocery to host CBD Sessions. The free educational event featured a panel of holistic veterinarians including Dr. Gerald Buchoff, Dr. Beth Hirsch and Billy Hoekman from Answers Pet Food. The panel and presentation include information on how to holistically care for both cats and dogs with CBD, herbs, essential oils and supplements.

Pet parents who tuned in live can see their questions answered by the panel. Answers include information about Cushing’s disease, endocrine disorders, gut health, diet changes, diarrhea and constipation, what full-spectrum hemp oil means and why it is important.

To see the replay, click here. To learn more about safely caring for your pet with holistic methods, visit angelaardolino.com

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Feeders Supply Opens a Third Location in Lexington, KY

It has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Feeders Supply Company, “The Pet Lovers Store,” has announced the opening of its third location in Lexington, KY, in the Millpond Shopping Center. To celebrate, Feeders Supply is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13th, followed by a five-day grand opening festivity.

“We are excited to increase Feeders Supply’s presence in Lexington,” said Brannon Dixon, CEO of Feeders Supply Company. “Our third location confirms our commitment to provide premium products to Lexington area pet lovers. Feeders Supply is proud to be Kentucky owned and operate for over 60 years.”

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The newest Lexington location features more than 11,000 square feet of space, with four private self-serve pet wash stations, expansive fish department, obedience training for dogs, plus a community event space to host adoption events with Lexington Humane Society and other local rescue organizations.

To kick-off the grand opening, the first 30 customers each day from Nov. 13 -17 will receive a gift bag filled with premium products, $5 pet washes, and will be able to enter in-store giveaways, such as six months of free dog or cat food. Winners will be announced through Feeders Supply’s Facebook page.

Feeders Supply is dedicated to carrying a great selection of pet food with advances in nutrition and an expanded collection of supplies for pets. Each Feeders Supply associate goes through extensive training to help pet lovers identify the right products for their pets.

Feeders Supply has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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VA and Pet Partners Combine Efforts to Bring Therapy Animal Services to More Veterans

The partnership will provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it is partnering with the nonprofit organization Pet Partners to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of veterans through increased access of animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy services throughout the VA health care system.

Pet Partners and the VA will train therapy animal teams and encourage VA medical facilities to establish and expand trained therapy animal visitation and AAA and AAT programs to give patients the sense of connection, comfort and joy that comes from spending time with animals.

“This partnership will add to the health care services and programs VA offers to veterans, as emerging research recognizes the positive effects interactions with animals can have on patients,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA’s work with Pet Partners will help veterans support well-being through animal-assisted activities and therapy, which research shows can be very beneficial.”

The partnership will also provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities and integrate veterans and their families into Pet Partners activities and events.

According to a wide range of research and studies, the human-animal bond can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, and lessened anxiety, pain, and loneliness. Time with therapy animals not only promotes physical and mental health but also supports wellness across variables such as social interaction, rate of recovery and personal motivation.

va.gov/healthpartnerships, petpartners.org

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