Whew! I really blew it on the presentation I sent out earlier. please discard it and us this one. I had it all of sequence.
I have prepared a brief tutorial for us re: the groupspaces.com site and some other social media sites.
I want to try and use www.freescreensharing.com to have our meeting. I have no idea how well it is going to work, so lets go into it with low expectations and see what we can figure out.
it appears that I do not create the meeting ahead of time but create it on the spot.....so it is my intention to give it a try on August 26th at 12:00 noon.
So, I will start at about 11:30 A.M. and create the meeting and send out the invitations ASAP. You will need to be by your PC and checking your email to get the invitation that contains the links and codes, etc.
it really should go pretty smoothly, I tested it out with my other computers in the house and it was very easy.
I am attaching a file that is the content for the presentation. Nothing too fancy, but it might be a decent road map for us to follow during our discussion.
I hope you all can join me on Friday August 26th at noon.
I heard thru the grapevine that Jon from Nature's Select was looking to share a booth at Surf Dog event in September. Please contact him directly at 760 746 5777 if you are interested.
Hi Everyone. I hope you all are well, and doing fabulously!
- I just added an event called "Bark for Life" to our group calendar. In order to let you all know about it I sent out an invitation. I should have just emailed it instead, so please, do not think I am looking for an RSVP for this event. It was just a mistake that I sent an invitation instead of a notification. I am not attending this event, but please feel free to attend if you choose.
- I am working on a power point presentation re: our group website features and some social media sites. once I have it completed I will invite you to join me live via your PC using www.freescreensharing.com for an online meeting to review it all and have some Q & A's time included.
- Judy is continuing to work hard for us re: the October Expo. I know she will come up with just the right booth(s) and for the best price around. So, know it's out there, and plan for it (pencil it in), and we'll let you know once the negotiations are done. perfection takes time :-)
- Speaking of which: I am still working with our graphic artist on a logo for the group. Creativity takes time. once we have the logo then I can get back on the bag idea. Who wants to head up that comittee? Meg?
- Meg suggested we have a meetup to exchange marketing materials and to get to know each other better. That is a great idea, but where should we hold it? The Escondido location was too far at rush hour for some folks that are south. I'd love to hear ideas on dates, times and locations.
- Is there anyone that wants to take the dog park idea to the next level? we could use a comittee to make that happen. A refresher is; that we go to the RB Dog park and one in Oceanside and have our own little event. Someone needs to explore this and find out about permits, are they required? and make flyers and post it ahead of time and what else?
Last but not least, welcome new members: Natalie, Pat & Sara!
Just wanted to pass on something new I learned about yesterday. Called The Square. If you have a smartphone you can use it to process credit cards. Take a look and see if it's for you? https://squareup.com/
It's processing fee is 2.75% but there's no monthly fee. I'm going to try it out and switch if it works.
please review the following with the idea of are you interested in participating in the gift basket and if so, for how much? Both Judy and I are donating $50 each. The goal is $250 total. Let us know. what and how much. If you choose, we'd love to have you send both of us pre-printed gift certificates or vouchers whichever you use, so we have some on hand for spur of the moment donations.
if you have any questions please reply to this message.
Summer Photo Contest Will Determine Balboa Park’s Top Dog
First annual photo contest recognizes one of the region’s dog-friendliest venues
Balboa Park, San Diego—A longtime haven for dog lovers, San Diego’s Balboa Park is celebrating the two-year anniversary of its popular blog, written by Cosmos the Dog, with a photo contest to determine the Top Dog in Balboa Park. After judges have selected five finalists, visitors to BalboaPark.org can vote on their choice for Top Dog, with the grand prize winner receiving an exclusive overnight Su’ruff Camp package from Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
The Top Dog Photo Contest, sponsored by Balboa Park Central, is designed to give park visitors an opportunity to demonstrate just how photogenic their pooch is when photographed in one of the most picturesque settings in San Diego. Photos of a single dog taken somewhere in Balboa Park can be submitted via email to email@example.com beginning now until 12 p.m. on August 20, 2010 (one entry per family). A committee of judges from Balboa Park will choose five finalists to be posted on BalboaPark.org, where visitors to the Web site can vote for their favorite from August 24 through September 1, 2010.
The top vote getter’s family will be awarded Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s Su’ruff Camp package, which includes a one-night stay in deluxe accommodations at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, surfing lessons for one dog, and a variety of other doggie amenities and treats, as well as a family four-pack of Balboa Park Passports, good for two adults and two children. One first runner up will receive a $50 gift certificate to Fetch Pet Care, and one second runner up will receive a $25 gift certificate to Terra Restaurant in Hillcrest. Participants are advised to visit Cosmos’ Blog for a complete listing of contest prizes and rules.
Since summer 2008, Cosmos’ Doggie Blog has given its loyal following of two- and four-legged readers a dog’s-eye view of Balboa Park. In addition, to discussing all the pet-friendly attractions and events in the Park, the blog has highlighted money-saving tips; the Park’s trail system and recreational facilities; special exhibitions, concerts, and festivals; as well as out-of-the-way picnic areas and horticultural wonders in the Park’s many gardens.
Just minutes from downtown, Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see and has been ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. It is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, distinctive gardens, and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. Set amid 1,200 lushly planted acres in the heart of metro San Diego, Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park. For more information on Balboa Park, visit www.balboapark.org.
Does anyone KNOW a pet sitter that lives in the Laguna Hills area? zip code 92653. I did a search and found some, but there's nothing like a personal referral.....my sister-in-law has an indoor/outdoor cat and she needs a really dedicated pet sitter that will go over and make sure the little one gets put in the garage/house at night.
Thank you for any leads you might have.
I just added Robyn and Marks images to the website portal page. Yah!
I have been in touch wth Shirley about bags and also in touch with Beverly about designing a logo for the group and a bag design.
One issue is that it costs more to use more colors on the bags.. so is anyone NOT ok with having their logo reduced to two colors? not sure what two colors yet, but none the less, a sort of black and white version of your logo is something to consider.
I know Judy is in the midst of negotiations with Darlene about the October Pet Expo. it's a stand off, kind of, the next guy who speaks loses.....so we are waiting for her next call.
Thank you Judy for all your hard work on that. You are the very best!
P.S. still looking for membership applications and checks on a few of you.
I am happy to report that the web page portal is up and running now. http://www.sdpetpros.com
Please visit it and take a look at your information for accuracy.
It's a work in progress and will be updated as things change, but YOU will have to let me know IF any of your info changes, as it may not be on my radar screen.
If you are not listed on the portal at this time, all that means is that I have made a mistake, or I have not rec'd your check and application.
I will be adding our page to the search engines in the next week or so. I will also add some mouse over tags to the images once you have told me yours is accurate.
This is a really sweet deal; the domain name is $34.99 for the 1st year and I piggy backed in on my website for a one time fee of $5.00. No reoccurring ISP fees for us. Hooray!
I know the banner image is a little fuzzy, I'll be making improvements as we go along, but it's mostly just something simple and easy for a potential customer to find you. ;-)
Hi Gang! Pet Nutrition Center La Costa is doing a raffel to raise funds for Canine Angels Service Teams, a non-profit organization that raises service dogs for children with special needs. Feel free to check out www.canine-angels.org They are having their annual 5K people/dog walk on August 13th. Kelly is currently seeking raffle prizes to fill her store. The prize winners will be announced at the walk on Aug 13th. The store is local for us and the event is not. I am grouping together a SD Pet Pros/THK basket and I am going to give Kelly seperate gift certs from Dawn and Denise as well. Kelly is also interested in non-pet related prizes. The raffle is starting today. If any of you would like to donate to Kelly seperatly her information is...firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Nutrition Center Carlsbad
6949 El Camino Real, Ste 104
Carlsbad, CA 92009
I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful ideas about magnets, cups, calendars and something else (can lids, I think) . But right now I want to get the bag thing fully researched and get a go or no go on it and then look at other ideas for handouts.
I know ther marketplace is unlimited and there will some items that "fit" your business better than others. For instance, can lids are a hot item but I don't like them for me. it just doesn't say where I am coming from....
So, while the purchasing power from our group will be good I think it will be difficult to find the exact right item that suits us all. the bag seems to work well right now for all of us (except Jennifer is not participating) and I'd like to focus on that first. OK?
After I get the webiste up I will get back on the list from Lindsey and choose a few and call Shirley for origin and prices.
So, what I am saying is don't stop suggesting things but I am very busy right now ;-)
I need your logo in a .jpg format. don't worry about the size unless it's too big to email. Email it directly to me, NOT to this message as it will just clog up the pipe and provide unncessary mial in everyone's in box.
I will mock up a page that lists us all on it, with name, web URLS, email and phone number. You will be able to see it before it goes live.
take a look at this. it will cost $31.49 plus s&H of about $5.
take a look at this http://groupspaces.com/SanDiegoNorthCountyPetPros/ and on the front page you will see the banner we currently have. Do we want to continue to use this dog and cat and color and change any words beside omitting the North County? or do we want a whole new look ?
I vote we lieave this alone and use it as our banner with any changes we want but concentrate on the bags and a logo and catch phrase for it.
as we traverse thru this exciting venture of working together and sharing booths and ideas from time to time there will be sensitive information that we will want to keep private and or personal. PLEASE PLEASE, be sure to let the person you are speaking with know that, IF, you want something kept private.
We all are sole proprietors and work hard for our living and existence and we are in the group to help each other and NOT "borrow" without permission anyone's ideas or thoughts.
So, just as a precaution, I wanted to bring this up so we can all support each other and work harmoniously on projects and share as much or as little as we feel comfortable.
The non compete issue is a no brainer to me, but I thought I should bring it up. I believe that there is enough business for us all and I look froward to sharing. There are some of us that share the same business models and in keeping with being high quality professionals that we are, we must be sensitive to each other and not step out of bounds.
Just treat everything you do as the way you would want to be treated and all will be good. If any issues do arise, please address them right away and do not let anything fester.
at the membership meeting we all spoke about the idea of having a "give away or for sale " bag to house marketing materials at events.
So, now we need to look at making this a reality. I looked into bags a while back and think I found some for about a minimum order of 250 quantity and that was about $2.79 per bag. if that was correct then that would be about $700. and if all of us wanted to go in on that the price would come down to about $41 for each member and you would get about 15 bags each. Now I hope those numbers can be improved on b/c as you can see it's pretty pricy.
It might have been something like this bag: http://24hourwristbands.com/bags/order-bags/199/Econscious-Non-Woven-Grocery-Tote/ which is now $3.02 per bag......
Has anyone else made any of these before and who did you use? and or does anyone want to do some more research and see what they can find.
Some of the the bag requirements are; reusable, good quality, imprintable for our logo and if possible made in the USA.....
The logo could be something like a dog house surrounded by our own logos and have a great catchy saying and or jsut the sane of our group and if someone wanted to pay extra they could have their logos(s) printed on the flip side?
These are all just thoughts to get this ball rolling. please chime in and let us know what you know and what you want and are willing to spend.
Judy is asking for input from everyone by July 1st.
She is trying to negotiate the best rate for us and has to have an idea of a head count to do so.
We had a 10 by 10 in January. [ if we can get 8-10 people in on one of the booths, for the 2 days we can break that up again into shifts so nobody has to be there the whole time. This would have to be for people who don't sell stuff of course as it's too crowded otherwise. so you can see that it could possibly break down to perhaps as low as $80 total for 2 days]
Now, it appears they are offering a 8 X 6 for $395 and I think the cost of the 10 X 10 space is $595.
Judy still has one booth space also available at Doggie Street Fair. it would be $120 or $60 a piece if you share it wth one other person. Please call her if interested.
Either way please reply all to this message so we can get a firm headcount.