Dog Dental Care Co. Wins Bark Your Biz Competition at Global Pet Expo
Dr. Emily Stein and Teef co-founder Lindsey Campbell (center) present the brand's patented anti-plaque dental supplements for dogs during the Bark Your Biz entrepreneur pitch competition at Global Pet Expo.
Teef, a brand of patented anti-plaque dental supplements for dogs, earned the “Best Barker” Award during Bark Your Biz, a pet industry entrepreneur pitch competition, which was held on March 20 at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla. Emily Stein, Ph.D. and Teef co-founder Lindsey Campbell presented their product to a panel of three judges during the competition.
“It was an honor to be recognized as the Top Barker,” Stein said. “We enjoyed participating in Bark Your Biz and meeting the expert panelists and innovative start-ups this year.”
Bark Your Biz is hosted by Anthony Bennie and Amanda Malone-Bennie, the founders of Clear Conscience Pet (CCP), based in Cape Coral, Fla. The program is chiefly sponsored by CCP and its SuperGravy holistic pet food topper gravy and broth mixes.
“We had a great event for our third BYB program, and we are very grateful for the APPA and Global Pet Expo management for inviting us to produce the event live at the show,” said Anthony Bennie, producer of Bark Your Biz. “It's harder than ever to get noticed because of the saturation effect, so we cooked up Bark Your Biz to give back to our industry and level the playing field a bit.”
Tied for first “Runner Pups” were Rockster Pet Foods and Yak-9 Chews. Rockster won for its line of “bio-organic” sous vide pet foods, which are being introduced to the North American market from Europe. The line was presented by co-founder Zoe Ley.
K9 Corp. was chosen for its new line of Yak-9 dog chews made in Nepal with novel ingredients such as turmeric, hemp and salmon skin. Yak-9 is committed to bettering the lives of the villagers who raise the Yaks and craft the traditional hard cheese. The line was presented by founder and CEO Pukar Pyakurel.
The second “Runner Pups” were: Walkee Paws waterproof leggings for dogs, presented by founder and CEO Lisa Baronoff; Pet Krewe pet costumes and tie-dye kits, including licensed lines depicting Sesame Street characters and NCAA Mascots, presented by founder and CEO Allison Albert; Kitchen Dog wall mounted pet feeding systems, presented by founder Terry Kasper; Addison Pet Yards, a retail concept that reclaimed empty commercial space in Texas to create a mini mall of independent pet care businesses, presented by founder Roger DiGregori; and Animal Essentials, makers of holistic herbal tinctures and natural supplements, presented by founder and herbalist Greg Tilford, a twenty-three-year natural pet business veteran.
All winners are eligible for consults with the Bark Your Biz expert panel as well as vouchers for discounts from other service providers. The panel of judges included Phil Chang, retailing expert and the founder of Retail Phil; B.C. Henschen, the founder of Platinum Paws; and Candace D’Agnolo, founder and CEO of The Pet Boss Nation.
“The lineup of companies was terrific, and as usual, it was tough to choose the winners,” said Amanda Malone-Bennie co-creator. “Bark Your Biz is a pet business welcome wagon. The Barkers get candid but kind feedback from the panel, and we work hard to make it a fun and purposeful experience.”
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