Made in USA and ZippyDogs

Great tour of Evans! Elise and Kelli went down to California (I know, any excuse to travel) and took a tour of our supplier’s manufacturing facility! Made in USA plastic – manufacturing, molding and printing. We loved this place – Evans Manufacturing!

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This shows raw plastic pellets, for translucent and opaque plastics, before they melt it down and add color.

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This picture shows a close up of colored opaque and translucent plastic scrap destined for the recycling bins.

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More of same – in the recycle bins. They reuse as much of plastic bits as they can, by mixing them in with another run of the same color plastic.  When the color bits get mixed together like in this picture, they can still reuse it. However, the result is a dark charcoal or black product. The end result is a 100% recycled plastic product.

Plastic Purge

This picture shows plastic that has been blown out of the lines of the injection molding machines. It it has to be done to prepare the machine for the next order.

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The is Elise Lindborg and the factory floor manager showing us how they recycle as much of the plastic as possible. Who knew playing in plastic could be so fun and artistic?

Here are some examples of the finished products created by Evans Manufacturing! USA Made and almost everything contains some recycled plastics. Evans – you rock… I mean, You Plastic!

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – May 2014

Way to go Greg!

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Corn Dog wins the coveted title of Employee of the Month, only 3 months after joining the pack! When ZippyDogs decided to roll out a new way to thank our customers using a pack of cute little collectable dogs, Greg took the initiative to create a fun and interactive thank you program, including writing juicy back-stories on our little dogs!

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Visit our Facebook page to meet the little dogs and read all the torrid details released each month. And wait until you see what Spartacus has been up to! Thanks Greg for being an awesome addition to ZippyDogs. WOOF!

Greg in his photo shoot
After this photos session, Greg’s cat Loki would have nothing to do with him for days, until the stench of dog was gone.

 

DOG OF THE MONTH – May 2014

Dogs O’ the Month – Nuka & Sheena

Owner: Jocelyn McRae – Prestige Custom Builders (customer of ZD)

Hooooowwwwlll!  We are Nuka & Sheena, brother & sister Alaskan Malamutes.  We love to talk and howl; we only bark if something is really wrong.  Mom brought us home at 8 weeks old and has had her hands full ever since.  We are now 8 years old and are just figuring out that we are no longer pups.  What do you mean that we are WAY TOO BIG to be lap dogs?  Weighing in at 130 and 141 pounds we almost outweigh both our humans and can’t understand why they don’t want us on the furniture or trying to crawl onto their laps.

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Sheena (AKA: Princess) is a tan and white female malamute.  She is known to be human shadow who is happiest glued to her human’s side, on a pile of dirty laundry or curled up in the smallest space she can fit herself into.  She is the boss!  She steals Nuka’s toys and doesn’t even play with them, just lies on top of them.  But give her a soccer ball, or basketball and she is a four legged Pele’ until she gets her mouth around it and pops it. She can never get enough attention, petting, tummy rubs or hugs!

Nuka (AKA: Mr. Cool) is black & white and according to his owner is “too cool for school”! But if you don’t say hello to him he’ll give you an earful.  He loves to lounge around outside all day.  Everyone tells him he’s beautiful and it’s starting to go to his head.  When he’s being petted he wants people to hold his paw, as if they are supposed to kiss his ring like he’s a king.  But he doesn’t look very regal when he is laying around upside down; his gums flapping and with his feet straight up in the air!

These beautiful Malamutes go on long walks every day and are adored by their neighborhood fan base.  Rock on!

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Meet Gregory – a.k.a. Corn Dog!

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Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration in Marketing and Management.
Minor in Music from Eastern Washington University.

Specialties:

This dog brings to the pack over 20 years of customer service excellence in a variety of fields from retail, telecommunications, E-commerce and account management.

Pedigree:

Born in Hawaii and raised in Spokane, WA, this dog loves to brag about his ¼ Danish heritage! His breed is most like a Golden Retriever; happy, energetic, vocal and the ability to work well with humans!

Zippy Goes to Southeast Asia!

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Zippy and his little birds in Laos.

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Zippy travels down the Mekong river.

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Look out Zippy. Laos.

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Small Thai child captures Zippy in Chang Mai Thailand.

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Zippy takes a Tuk Tuk ride in Northern Thailand.

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Zippy enters Laos!

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Zippy in Japan.

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Zippy enjoys a Korean Beer. Yummers!

Watch the VIDEO of Zippy riding his beer dispenser!

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Zippy visits Cambodian police in Angkor Wat.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – February 2014

Kelli Sales Person of the Year 2013

Chili Dog has taken back the crown! Fueled by anger and resentment over her crushing defeat in 2012, Chili dominated sales in 2013. By taking the lead early in the year, she cowed the competition and continued her dominance month after month. “She started strong and stayed strong – I just don’t know what happened” mumbled loser Elise Lindborg. When asked to describe the best part of her win, Kelli Henderson barked, “Crushing Elise’s sales by over $70K – WOOF!”

Congrats again to Chili Dog – Salesperson of the Year!

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DOG OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2014

JOSIE

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Meet Josie, a beautiful and kind 7-month old Golden Retriever born in Arlington, WA.  At only 4 months of age, she had mastered “sit”, “down” and “high-five”.  But when she learned how to retrieve the morning newspaper, her owner knew she had a genius on her hands!

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Like most Golden Retrievers, Josie loves the water.  She is quite at home on the family boat and cruising on Lake Washington with the wind in her fur makes her tail wag!  She loves people and her ball with equal enthusiasm.

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Her go-to snacks are cheese, meatballs and oranges.  Oranges? Yes!  In fact, she will “spin” for her favorite treats.

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WOOF!

ZippyDogs NGLCC Photos and Acceptance Speech

NGLCC Dinner

The National Building Museum was filled to capacity.

Elise and Kelli ready to accept their award.

Elise Kelli Coors Dawn George

2013 Supplier of the Year ZippyDogs with the Miller Coors marketing director and the 2012 winners – OutSmart.

Elise and Kelli plant a big one on Eugene Cornelius – Head of the US Small Business Administration.

NGLCC Dinner with Chamber Reps

Hanging in the VIP room with Chamber Directors from all over the US.

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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Thank you! Thank you so much NGLCC. Three years ago we never imagined we could be the LBGT Supplier of the year! Holy Cow!

Ever since the day we joined the NGLCC only good things have come to ZippyDogs. So many great opportunities have come … and not just great opportunities – but G R E A T opportunities. For example: organized one on one meetings with Fortune 500 supplier diversity reps, fantastic business conferences with amazing key note speakers, a chance to learn from top business minds at the Tuck School of Business, this National Dinner, mentors, networking opportunities, today’s SBA Federal Procurement Forum, killer after parties (of course) and more!

Prior to joining the NGLCC our business hit a plateau and for two years we struggled to increase our sales. After attending our first NGLCC business conference in 2011 we found that the quality of the business building information was solid. We did not get nuggets of solid business advice – but bagful’s. Every learning opportunity presented was solid and vetted. Being in business over 14 years we have gone to lots of conferences, seminars, hired consultants, joined networking groups and I can tell you there is a lot of business fluff out there. If you truly take advantage of the opportunities the NGLCC presents your business will grow. Our sales have increased 25% or more every year we have been affiliated with the NGLCC and this year we are having our best year ever.

We are so excited to what 2014 will bring!

Thank you to our family – and by family we mean you! Everyone in this audience. Our fellow certified LGBT business owners and allies who have taken the time to share business stories and strategies.

Thank you to the NGLCC corporate suppliers who support supplier diversity by including LGBT businesses. Your support means more than you will ever know and it is truly appreciated.

In fact Kelli and I have a goal and that is to have some Pacific Northwest companies like Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks join the NGLCC as corporate sponsors by the end of 2014.

We can’t tell you how great it feels to attend the NGLCC business conference and totally be ourselves – nothing to hide. It’s so refreshing and allows us to bring our authentic selves to the business table.

And finally, I want to thank George Pieper of OutSmart Office Solutions.

It was George who approached this skeptical Top Dog to become a certified LGBT business three years ago. It has been one of the best business decisions we have ever made! Thank you George! Thank you NGLCC. Thank you to you – our family!

ZippyDogs – Your Brand Companion. We put the wag in swag!

WOOF!

Check out the highlight video from the dinner. ZippyDogs appears at 3 minutes and 10 seconds in.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – November 2013

Meet Maria our new part-time puppy who has been working on special projects for the dogs. Besides working at ZippyDogs Maria is quite involved in the drama program at her high school. She has been in three productions so far and is head of the publicity crew. Maria-2

Maria is also passionate about dance and piano. She started ballet when she was three and has been dancing ever since. She also started playing the piano when she was just four years old. Both piano and dance are two things that she is passionate about and will always love. She hopes to continue dancing in college and when she is older, her goal is to buy her very first baby grand.

Maria says she is lucky to be working at a place like ZippyDogs! Maria says, “It is such a carefree but hardworking environment and I enjoy every moment I work for the dogs. Elise, Kelli, and Kristi turn work into play!”

Maria is also proud to be working at a place that supports Eco friendly and American made products. Her time at ZippyDogs has truly been a learning experience. She has gotten to see, first hand, how a small business works and how tape guns are a lot harder to work with than they seem. (Don’t we know it).

WOOF!

DOG OF THE MONTH – November 2013

 

 

George and Ava (aka Lucky Dogs)

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George is a Border Collie, rescue that we found at the Humane Society in Factoria. He was found running wild on a highway in eastern Washington, wearing a collar that was put on when he was much smaller. As he grew larger the collar become so much a part of him it had to be removed surgically. He’s a very affectionate, intelligent dog that is always more than ready to go on the next adventure. I once saw him herd one of the neighborhood toddlers away from an exterior stairway that he seemed to think was dangerous. On a separate occasion he put a shoulder in to a visiting Great Dane driving him on to his back for barking at one of the arriving neighbor kids. He’s a hero.

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Ava is a ninety two pound dog that is the gentle, humorous animal that Rottweilers tend to be. She came to us at eighteen months through Craig’s List from a family that had to re-home her due to health reasons. As our house is a neighborhood meeting place it was very important that she be trusted with the many kids that play in our yard. She has won the trust of all the parents. When she wants attention she’ll chase her tail. She sleeps on her back as often as not and after a year and a half that still makes me chuckle.

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