National Small Business Week celebrates entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. At Cornerstone Impressions, we are a small business and many of our clients are as well. Working with various small businesses owners over the years has taught us to listen, because each and every one of them has a story worth hearing.
Behind every small business is a passionate entrepreneur. Someone who really cares about the products or services they provide. Entrepreneurs are resourceful, ambitious and creative people who take their dreams and turn them into reality. If you ask us, those are qualities worth celebrating.
In honor of National Small Business Week, we asked a few of our small business clients to share what it is that makes their business special. Today our interview is with Heather van Leeuwen, CEO of Pooches Pals.
Can you tell me a little bit about Pooches Pals and what you do?
Heather: Pooches Pals is a pet sitting and dog walking company in Fort Worth, TX. We are insured and bonded, screened, trained and certified to handle any and all pet needs. Caring for pets is our passion and number one priority. We offer unique and customized services to make sure every pet gets the attention and love they deserve while their owners are away.
What motivated you to start your business?
Heather: I wanted to create an affordable and stress free pet care service for our beloved fur-babies while their parents are away.
What is Pooches Pals best known for, and why?
Heather: Our passion is for the pooches. Dogs and cats are not just pets anymore. They are viewed as family and we treat them as if they are our own.
What sets Pooches Pals apart from other businesses in your field?
Heather: We are not just a business, we truly care about the well being of animals and we show that through our work. One unique thing we do is support our local animal shelter by donating $.10 for every mile walked with Pooches Pals.
What keeps your clients coming back?
Heather: Our service is very personal. We enter people’s homes and spend time with their pets. We treat pets just like their owners would if they were home. That includes maintaining their normal schedule and routine, understanding their needs and giving them the attention they need. Safety, trust, and being dependable are huge in our industry and that’s what keeps our clients coming back.
What makes you the most proud about being a small business owner?
Heather: I like being able to have a very personal relationship with each of my clients. My customers have become my friends and it’s a joy to work with them and their pets on a daily basis.
Who is your role model, and why?
Heather: My dad! He taught me how to be responsible and truly care about others. I still call him on a regular basis to ask for advice on business matters.
As you can see, Pooches Pals is here today because of Heather’s genuine love for animals. Small business owners work hard to bring their dreams to life, and we recognize and appreciate that. This National Small Business Week, we hope you’ll take a moment to support a small business owner in your life!
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