Date: October 10, 2012
“I never imagined that I I could make my dream job come true by opening my own dog walking business,” said Diana Mondragon, a dog lover from Mexico. Diana came to MEDA in early 2011 to turn her passion for dogs into a pet care business. She graduated from our business core training which consists of 6 classes where she learned about various topics from marketing and licensing to operations. She then met with her consultant who provided her with technical assistance to complete her business plan and apply for a start-up grant. Her consultant helped her access different products and services to make her business successful, such as building credit through a secured credit card and lending circles, a tax seminar to learn about the tax liabilities of being self-employed, and computer classes where she learned to build a website. With the help of MEDA, Diana also obtained her dog walking certification, Pet First Aid and CPR training. A year after she first came to MEDA, Diana has created her dream job, GREEN URBAN DOG Hikes & Adventures. She specializes in dog hikes, doggy daycare and sleepovers. You can find more details at the website she designed www.greenurbandog.com.