2008 Existing Business of the Year
Being an animal lover isn’t the only qualification for owning a pet sitting business, but it certainly is a strong start. Renee Flott has always loved animals and has pets of her own, so when considering starting her own business, Renee chose the pet sitting business. She knew she wanted to be a small business owner and had spent considerable time and effort researching different types of businesses over a period of several years.
In November 2004, Renee started Pet Sitting Pal. Renee realizes the importance of being professional, and is a member of Pet Sitters International as well as being insured and bonded. She is also certified in animal CPR and First Aid. The business offers services which cater to the needs of her customers, meaning both the pets and their owners. Pet sitting, of course, includes feeding, watering, exercising, medicating (if necessary) and being a companion to her animal friends as well as providing pet taxi services. In addition, home security services are provided; such as rotating lights, watering plants, picking up mail and newspapers, taking out the trash, and opening and closing curtains while pet owners are out of town.
Renee initially became acquainted with the KSBDC several years prior to opening her business as she researched and considered two other business ideas before coming to her final decision. When Renee accessed the consulting services of the Emporia State University KSBDC in relation to Pet Sitting Pal, the consultants worked with Renee on researching the industry and business planning. Things such as marketing, website development, business licenses and forms of ownership were addressed before start up. After starting, Renee also attended some KSBDC workshops which have been very helpful to her and the consulting relationship has continued on an as-needed basis.
Renee has done a wonderful job of building a successful business and one which is very beneficial to the community, giving pets and their owners a choice between boarding kennels and staying at home in their own environment. Pet Sitting Pal has built a great reputation and now has all the business it can handle. Congratulations to Renee for building a solid business and adding a much needed service to the community!