Baldwin, Md. – Colleen McDonough, dog lover and local small business owner of Barks and Blooms, recently became the first in the U.S. to win the prestigious PAW Award by Pet Sitters International for her outstanding professionalism, business practices and active presence in the community. As small business owner new to entrepreneurship, McDonough sets a high standard for others in the industry both locally and internationally.
Pet Sitters International created the PAW Award as a way to move the pet-sitting industry into a well-known network of professional corporations. The award is based on community involvement, marketing efforts, exceptional staff and leadership, as well as money raised within the industry and participation with outside charities and professional organizations. McDonough was presented with the international award at the October 6 regional meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
“Building a strong brand identity is very important,” says Colleen McDonough, founder and owner of Barks and Blooms. “I continue to work hard to motivate my staff, create excitement and ensue a sense of pride in my team for who they represent.”
An active member of the community, McDonough and her staff recently worked on projects and fundraiser events with the Humane Society and Pets on Wheels and also participated in Dog Fest.
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