Meet Gregory – a.k.a. Corn Dog!

Gregory Hunt, 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.

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

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Can we get a woof?

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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DOG OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2013

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Name:  Dautch II (aka – Big Guy)

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Hobbies:

Sitting in laps, cleaning table tops, counter tops giving the sloppiest kisses imaginable, leaving slobber trails on walls, ceilings, coats, wherever. I’m 6’4” and guess who has weekly ceiling and wall slobber patrol? Walking his mom and dad and meeting friends on the trail. He is the first wet mouth Great Dane we’ve had (fifth Great Dane) and when folks come over to visit we tell them wear your slobber clothes and issue everyone slobber towels. He’s such a friendly dog.

Mom and Dad taught him how to sing when he was a puppy (o what a mistake) so now when he wants to go for a walk or needs attention, he’ll give us that hang dog look and start his song, it’s somewhere in between whining and howling. How can you resist such a cute little guy!

He also loves chasing the flashlight beam on the floor or ground. So fun to watch a “puppy” running/sliding around in the house on a Pergo floor chasing a light beam. Look out!!! I think we are both ready for knee replacements from collisions.

 

Favorite Food:

T-Bone dog treats, Pigs ears, chicken, and of course dog food with canned Pedigree beef or chicken. He eats 8 cups of dog food and a can of Pedigree a day plus treats. He weighs about 190 lbs.

Dautch is almost 5 years old and we’ve had him since a 14lb 7 week old puppy. He was one of 14 puppies. They were all so cute!!!

Top Dog and Chili expand their business knowledge!

Fearless ZippyDogs leaders Kelli Henderson and Elise Lindborg take growing their business seriously. Earlier this spring Kelli and Elise attended a six week business certificate program at the University Of Washington Foster School Of Business. Not only did they learn new nuggets of business building wisdom but they rocked their official graduation photo! Kelli Henderson claims they were trying to do the Zoolander “Blue Steel” pose but it looks like Elise is making monkey faces at the instructor! Way to class it up ladies!

Foster Graduation Elise and Kelli

How Big is a Gig?

USB Flash Drives standard memory capacity can range from 128MB, all the way up to 64GB. The most common memory size sold for the promotional industry is 1, 2 and 4 gigabyte. Flash drives, also known as thumb drives come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But how Big is a Gig? What does that mean? How much do I need?

We think this graphic will help!

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