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Most Pawsome Pet Business Conference

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Unleash the power of your pet business at the most pawsome pet conference

Get ready for a conference that's more than just a meeting of minds – it's a meeting of paws, claws, and extraordinary business owners!

Over this day and a half event network with top dogs, cool cats, and a whole zoo of business professionals. From startups to industry giants, this is where the pet world's who's who will gather. Our keynote speakers are ready to give insights on trends, innovations, and unleash strategies that'll have your business purring with success.

  • Engage in peer-to-peer discussions with industry experts. Whether you're in pet tech, daycare, boarding, walking or grooming, we've got panels that'll scratch every entrepreneurial itch.
  • Explore the latest products and services in the pet industry. From innovative gadgets to industry trends, discover what's making tails wag in the market. 
  • Learn how to maintain a healthy work-life balance while still growing or maintaining your business and it wouldn’t be a pet-friendly conference if we don't discuss the challenges of managing a team that barks, meows, or chirps.

Speakers include:

Erica Messer: After losing her beloved cat, Wolfgang, Erica Messer created Pet Loss Grieving Cards, inspired by her grief and encouraged by her mother Bonnie. Wolfie’s Wish gained worldwide recognition, winning “Best New Product” at Superzoo 2022 for these simple affirmation cards. Erica, now a certified pet bereavement specialist, hosts a monthly virtual support group and offers an online grief course.

Arlene Adams is a dynamic entrepreneur with a diverse background. She has experience managing a family pet shop and participating in breeding and dog obedience competitions. She also has a successful career in IT, project management, banking, and finance. Her journey has led her to acquire a unique skill set that she now uses to spearhead business excellence initiatives at Waglands Dog Daycare.

Helen Cook and her partner, Gavin, gave up their respective careers as a teacher and an HR manager to open their pet rescue. They had been fostering dogs for years, balancing the demands of full-time work with caring for needy animals, but wanted to do more. They found a kennel for sale with a large plot of land and the Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary was born, with the intention of saving pregnant dogs and puppies. Their adventure has led to filming the TV series The Doghouse, and Helen has recently completed writing a book.

Layamon Bakewell is the Chief Executive Officer of Pets in the City, a large-scale Doggie Daycare and Pet Hotel franchise. He has a Master’s degree in Business Studies from Massey University, and will soon complete his MBA from AUT. He is also a graduate of the Royal Navy’s Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) Course in Portsmouth, England. Layamon has gained a unique leadership and operational management perspective, which he now applies to the pet care industry. His session will explore insights on leadership, operational excellence, and the joy of creating meaningful, thriving environments for both pets and their owners. Layamon’s current focus is on developing and enhancing the Pets In The City Franchise System. Join him in exploring innovative strategies for business growth and service excellence in the petcare industry.

Jules Greenwood

After overcoming her lifelong fear of dogs, Jules Greenwood became a devoted dog owner and found herself frustrated by the lack of product availability in New Zealand for dog mums like her. When she was made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic, she used her 18 years of experience supporting other business owners to create Sweet As Pup, an online dog boutique selling treats, toys, and accessories for dogs apparel and home decor for dog lovers. Get ready for a paw-some time as Jules spills the beans on e-commerce , business marketing, and how to master social media.

Don't miss the chance to be part of a conference that's not just a business event – it's a pet-acular experience! 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

The Most Pawsome Pet Conference 
15 & 16th November 2024
Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt, Wellington 

Grab your tickets and secure a spot at the conference that promises to be as exciting as a puppy discovering its tail for the first time.

For accommodation please call Silverstream Retreat on 04 562 9080 and mention its for the pet conference, dates are blocked out so can't be booked online 

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