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Growing the Business and Training the Clients at the Same Time

August 1, 2023

Paw & Order Dog Training was established in 2013 in Pittsburgh by Elissa Weimer-Sentner. She served as a Combat Military Police Officer from 2007 to 2014. After graduating at the top of her class from California University of Pennsylvania, Elissa completed a highly selective Professional Dog Training Program as an outstanding graduate in 2012 and began her career as a professional dog trainer. In 2014, Steve Sentner hired Elissa to train his Shiba Inu, who was showing signs of aggression as a 6-month-old puppy. He would turn out to be more than just a client; the two started dating after their training was completed and they got married in 2015. In 2016, Elissa chose to change her business name to Paw & Order, at which time, Steve retired from his corporate career to manage all marketing and business operations.

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5 Small Business Management Tips for the Busy Summer Season

July 27, 2023

Sunglasses on, toes in the sand — it must be summertime! While the hot weather sounds like a vacation for most, some business owners are feeling a bit salty about it. In fact, in a recent survey of entrepreneurs whose peak seasons are in the summer months, the biggest reported obstacle was standing out in a crowded summer market. If you’re worried customers would have more luck finding a lost grain of sand on the beach than finding your business, read on for our best summer small business management tips.

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Glamour in an Instant

July 25, 2023

InstaGlam — A Success Story

Jenna Matzinger and Angie Ortiz first formed a friendship while attending Empire Beauty School. Being family oriented, they had dreams of opening a salon space where they could welcome and form close relationships with their clients. After years of determination to work together, they achieved their dream and became business partners and co-owners of InstaGlam salon in January 2023.

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A Vermont Pop-Up Restaurant With Argentinian Roots

July 18, 2023

Paprika Catering — A Success Story

By Amanda Kuhnert

“It has always been a dream of mine to start a business and share my passion for healthy and delicious food,” said Jacqueline de Achaval, co-owner of Paprika Catering, an empanada pop-up based in Waterbury. Achaval grew up in Argentina and attended culinary school there before moving to Colorado, where she spent over a decade teaching skiing and catering for small events.

After moving to Vermont in 2019, she worked as a sous chef at Burlington’s Revolution Kitchen before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey. “When I was ready and found the opportunity to start a business, I went for it,” Achaval said. “Empanadas have always been a favorite food of mine. It’s a balanced food and easy to carry around.”

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From Employee to Owner: Outdoor Lover Purchases Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters

July 10, 2023

Justin Macedo — A Success Story

Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters has been serving customers in the Fayetteville area since 1982.

When University of Arkansas student Justin Macedo began working there in 2018, he didn’t know that one day he would own the business.

Justin loves the outdoors. He worked summer jobs as a fly fishing guide and boat captain in Alaska and as a backpacking guide in Colorado.

Upon graduation from the university in 2022 with a degree in small business and entrepreneurship, he learned that Uncle Sam’s was for sale.

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