Joel Hunter, SPCA Volunteer of the Year and Hurricane Katrina animal rescuer, started dog rescuing 15 years ago. He cares for at least 20 dogs at a time, many of which have special needs. His passion led him to the Small Business Development Center to start a business with devotion not matched by many.
Joel’s mobile grooming idea sparked after working with unhappily caged clients at a pet grooming academy and grooming shop. He knew he had the answer. After purchasing a dog grooming vehicle, he came the Polk County SBDC to begin his new venture. Together, Joel and the SBDC developed his strategic marketing plan and began integrating Doggie Styles Grooming into the Lakeland Community.
“The SBDC gave me the tools and advice to make sound business decisions that have resulted in a successful business venture,” said Joel.
In the first six months, the mobile grooming center grew more than 25 percent. Now, its operating hours have extended to early mornings and late evenings. Look for the Doggie Styles Grooming van as it makes frequent stops all around Lakeland.
Want Doggie Styles to style your canine?
Contact Joel at email@example.com or 863-535-5169
The SBDC office in Polk Count has expanded. See schedule and contact details.