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DANIEL KEANE AWARD..
The second annual Daniel Keane Entrepreneurial Award was presented to Dani’s Pet Services owner Danielle Clodd Nov. 2. From the left are Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith, Clodd and David Connell, managing business consultant with the Muskoka Small Business Centre.
By Neil Etienne
Danielle Clodd’s business Dani’s Pet Services opened just this past May and helped her earn the second annual Daniel Keane Entrepreneurial Legacy Award Nov. 2.
In a small ceremony in council chambers, she was presented the award and congratulated for her hard work this year.
“It’s (entrepreneurism) that makes this community work; we’re very proud of you for a job well done,” Mayor Graydon Smith said in making the presentation.
Presented to a local young entrepreneur for only the second time since its inception, the award acknowledges innovative and unique business ideas, strong work ethic and the spirit of community service.
“Danielle showed all of those things; she’s a very hard worker and very dedicated to what she does,” said David Connell, managing business consultant with the Muskoka Small Business Centre. “It may have started off a bit slow for her in the spring, but she kept to it. She did a great job of marketing herself and getting out in the community to learn her craft.”
The 20-year-old said she started the pet services business through the Summer Company Program because of her love of animals and her desire to become a full-time dog trainer.
“I really have the best job; I get to spend all day with dogs then go home and spend the evenings with my dog,” she said, adding the decision to open her own business has proven worthwhile. “I’d recommend it to anyone so long as it’s doing something you love, and you get to be your own boss.
“The business started off a bit slow, but I think that’s to be expected a bit; it’s really taken off now,” she added, saying she’s going to be expanding her business shortly and will be providing dog obedience classes at Back Country Paintball in the next couple of weeks.
“Eventually I’d like to just do the training full time because I think it’s really important and it’s why I love my job.
“A well-behaved pet is a good pet and won’t end up in a shelter or abandoned,” she said.
The award was created through the small business centre and the family of Daniel Keane. Keane was a youth entrepreneur with the centre in 2007 and operated his Summer Concierge business for two years but passed tragically in 2009. The Keane family supplies a $1,000 bursary to the winner.
“Your obvious love of animals, dedication to your business and to your community makes you the perfect choice for this year’s award,” the family wrote to Clodd. For more information or to register for the dog obedience classes, contact Clodd at 705-646-6352.