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K-9 Coach Recognized as the 2011 Small Business of the Year

June 6, 2011

   The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is celebrating small business month by awarding the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year for 2011, announced at the June First Monday Breakfast on June 6. Each day, Chamber INK will recognize one of the Top 25 companies, beginning with the 2011 Small Business of the Year, K-9 Coach.

    After noticing a lack of complete canine experiences in the area, Amber Burckhalter offered the first K-9 Coach training class in the spring of 2001. The program began in the Powers Ferry Animal Hospital parking lot and now has grown into a 25,000-square-foot, industry-leading facility in Smyrna. Along with dog training and behavior modification services, K-9 Coach offers a comprehensive range of boarding, day care and grooming. Her original ideas and goals have quickly impacted from around 650 clients at its inception to nearly 1,900 clients in only three short years. This incredible growth has not only led to over $1 million in revenue and national recognition, but also the creation of a subsidiary, Bed and Bark, offering lodging and playcare operations for their growing number of clients.

    Aside from the K-9 Coach’s indisputable success, employees have completed over 2,500 hours of community service each year for various animal-specific non-profit organizations. Client Lisa Brodhead described this success and dedication when stating, “K-9 Coach truly gives back to the community through donating their time and expertise to provide education and assistance to people and their dogs.” Following their mission to enrich lives and ensure a lifetime of reward, K-9 Coach has been able to impact many Cobb County residents and their beloved pets. Amber Burckhalter’s strong leadership and approach to be trustworthy, creative and enterprising while always putting the customers’ best interests first has earned K-9 Coach the title of 2011 Small Business of the Year.

 Business Snapshot
Owner: Amber Burckhalter
Industry: Pet/Animal Specialty
Company Description: Provides a comprehensive range of boarding, day care, grooming, retail and dog training and behavior modification services to ensure that customers experience a lifetime of reward with their beloved pups.
Number of Employees: 13 full- and 10 part-time
Percentage of growth from 2010: 57.5%
Location: Smyrna
Contact Info: http://www.k-9coach.com/

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