My name is Ava Dorsey and my business is Ava’s Pet Palace
Tell me about your business? I’ve always loved animals and knew that I wanted to work with them. I officially started my business when I was 8 years old. But I’ve had the idea of Ava’s Pet Palace since I was 6 years old! I make organic, natural and limited ingredient dog and cat treats. The mission of my business is to serve animals in a fun and loving way! When I’m older I plan to have a stand-alone building, the real Ava’s Pet Palace and become a veterinarian. My animal palace will house a veterinary hospital, a pet daycare, a pet-friendly restaurant, a pet store, a play area for animals and an adoption center.
How did you come up with the idea? I’ve loved animals ever since I can remember. I care a lot about what they eat. I noticed a lot of the treats we were feeding our animals had many bad ingredients. And that’s why I wanted to make organic, natural, and limited ingredient treats. After asking my parents for about a year to start my business, they decided to help me. There are a lot of things I didn’t and still don’t know, but I asked a lot of questions! For my treats, I researched healthy ingredients for cats and dogs and started to make different treats. I tested them on my own pets! My parents both have experience starting a business and really helped me. We then researched the licenses and insurance I needed for my treats and were ready to sell!
What are your favorite things about being young, female and entrepreneurial? I love being able to try new things and to be my own boss. Setting short and long term goals, that I work to reach, is also a fun part of the entrepreneur process.
Have you dealt with any challenges? Being young, sometimes people don’t take me or my business seriously. This can sometimes be a disadvantage, but I’ve tried to use it to my advantage. Instead of letting it get me down, I use it as motivation to be even better!
Any advice for young female entrepreneurs who are still just planning or thinking about starting a business? My advice is to go for it! My parents always tell me to try new things and if it doesn’t work out, at least you tried! If you start a business you have to love it, because you have to dedicate yourself to it. It won’t always be fun, but you have to remember that you are working towards a bigger goal.
Three tips that Ava has for readers:
1. Do your research and make sure you test your products before you start selling them
2. Start with an idea that you are passionate about
3. Be willing to get your parents’ support and try new ideas!!
If you want to get in contact with Avas Pet Palace here is the contact information:
IG – @avaspetpalace