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How many times have you felt a pang of regret as you headed off to work and left your dog behind? How often have you thought about how much you’d like to spend your life working with dogs?
Amy Nichols has built a successful career as a sales executive with telecommunications companies. But she felt guilty leaving Griffin, her Boston Terrier, alone for the day while she worked, so she started looking for day care for him.
Frustrated because she couldn’t find what she was looking for, Amy decided to leave her job and open her own dog day care facility.
Amy had always loved animals and for a time had even considered becoming a vet—until, she says, “I realized that even though I loved dogs, I preferred studying business.” She knew that the only way she’d be happy after giving up a financially rewarding career would be by creating a successful company. “A lot of people launch a doggie business because they love dogs,” she says, “but I think if you treat something like a hobby, it stays a hobby.” Read more
Amy Nichols, 40, founded Dogtopia, the Tysons Corner-based doggie day care, in 2002 in part to find suitable digs for her Boston terrier, Griffin.
Dogtopia now has 29 franchises across a dozen states, with 12 under development. The company has eight centers in the Washington market, five of which are corporate-owned.
Revenues for last year hit $16 million, up from $14 million in 2012. Read more
by Stacey G. Wynia
Award Winning Dog Daycare, Spa and Boarding Franchise based in Greater Washington D.C. Proudly Accepts Award
TYSONS CORNER, Va. (January 9, 2014) - Dogtopia, a national dog daycare and recipient of Inc. 500/5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies and Entrepreneur Franchise 500 announced today it has been recognized as a winner of Washington SmartCEO's Future 50 award.
Washington SmartCEO's Future 50 awards program recognizes the Washington DC region's 50 fastest-growing mid-sized companies, five small Emerging Growth companies and five large Blue Chip companies that have experienced outsized growth based on a combined three-year average of revenue and employee growth. The 2014 Future 50 winners collectively generate $3.69 billion in annual revenue and employ 13,719 individuals in Greater Washington.
"It is a great honor to be recognized by Washington SmartCEO," said Amy Nichols, CEO of Dogtopia. "We are dedicated to being best-in-class in our industry and with Washington DC being where Dogtopia was founded and is headquartered, we are proud to receive this award and to be part of the strong business community here."
Since Dogtopia launched in 2002, it has grown to 29 locations with 12 additional currently under development nationwide. The Dogtopia system includes both franchise and company-owned stores. There are currently 6 regional developers representing 75 future Dogtopia locations.
"The companies we are honoring this year are growing in spite of the economic hardships we have all been facing. These companies are investing in themselves, investing in their people and rising above the rest. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated because they are moving the economy and the region forward," says Craig Burris, founder and CEO of SmartCEO. "We are proud to recognize them for their achievements and growth."
Dogtopia is poised to grow to more than 400 stores in the US and Canada over the next seven years. Dogtopia's design and color scheme mirrors that of an upscale spa, yet is laid out in a similar manner to a children's daycare facility, there are multiple playrooms to suit every dog's personality and size. In addition to daycare and boarding, Dogtopia also offers a spa and self-service dog wash.
Dogtopia is a national dog daycare, spa and boarding franchise committed to providing exceptional care to canines and their families at its 29 U.S. locations. Dogtopia prides itself on being a place where pets are valued as family and dogs enjoy playtime, spa treatments, and overnight stays in a positive environment. The company was founded by Amy Nichols in 2002 based on the belief that combining a strong vision, a passion for dogs and a second-to-none executive team would lead to success. With that success, Dogtopia began franchising in 2005. Currently, there are 24 Dogtopia franchises and five company-owned locations in operation across the U.S. Dogtopia is poised to grow to more than 400 stores in the US and Canada over the next seven years. Dogtopia is the proud recipient of Inc. 500/5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies (2008-2013), Entrepreneur Franchise 500 (2013), Smart CEO Future 50 (2013, 2014) and Franchise Times Next 300 (2013). Visit www.dogdaycare.com for more information.
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