March 2015 – ZippyDogs Newsletter

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Sales Person of the Year


It was an extremely tight race in 2014 for the coveted ZippyDogs Sales Person of the Year trophy! Elise Lindborg and Kelli Henderson were neck and neck throughout the year, each taking the lead every other month. On December 30th, Kelli Henderson looked like the clear winner, leading the race by $10,000. But sad news came for Kelli on the last day of the year.

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On December 31st, one of Elise’s customers at the University of Washington placed a last minute order for a years’ worth of swag for their department, crushing Kelli’s lead by five digits!






SPof Y - CourtIt was one of the most amazing sales comebacks in ZippyDogs history and is a win for the record books! “Let it be known! It ain’t over till it’s over” said Elise as she howled out the door for a celebratory drink!

Watch the action Video!

Top Dog to Speak at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel

March 18th, 2015

Don’t miss this! ZippyDogs is very excited that LGBT owned businesses have an opportunity to become LGBT certified and open the door to new business. Come to the first-ever, Greater Seattle Business Associations LGBT certification workshop at 10:00 am on March 18 (no cost to attend) and learn if this certification program is right for your business.

There is only one LGBT Certifying body and it is the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) based in Washington DC.

On March 18, GSBA will welcome NGLCC’s Sam McClure, Vice President Affiliate Relations and Justin Nelson, Co-Founder & President. Sam will lead a free late morning workshop on what it takes to become LGBT certified. Nationally, many corporations now include LGBT in their diverse supplier chain and have a commitment to do business with LGBT Certified businesses. Hear first-hand from other GSBA certified members why they got certified and the benefits they have since received.

Right after the workshop there will be a luncheon ($50). Justin Nelson, President of the NGLCC, will talk about the state of the LGBT Business movement, nationally and globally. Justin’s a great speaker who traveled around the globe meeting with LGBT business owners. Justin has a lot to update us on the state of our movement.

Don’t wait, register today for the LGBT Certification Workshop on March 18 at 10:30am at the Renaissance (no cost to attend) and the GSBA Luncheon, also on March 18 right after the workshop at the Renaissance Hotel. You can email your interest for the workshop to and register for the luncheon at the same time; or go online at to register for the luncheon and workshop.

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Employee of the Month

KRISTIKristi Curran, rocks a promotion!

In November 2014, our Deputy Dog, Kristi Curran was promoted to Office Manager and Lead Account Coordinator. Kristi has been with ZippyDogs for nearly four and half years and has her finger on the pulse of everything that goes on at ZippyDogs. Kristi has built a great reputation with customers and suppliers alike. She is the backbone of our everyday operations and she keeps our extremely detailed orders running smoothly to ensure on time delivery. She’s always looking for ways to streamline workflows and takes considerable pride in her work.

Congratulations to Kristi on her dual promotion.



Khloe is a Poochi – half Toy Poodle half Chihuahua

Here’s what Khloe’s mom has to say about her!


Khloe is a 10 pound ball of fluff and love. You may say that she’s spoiled but I say that she’s loved. She’s a hugger (she’ll actually wrap her front paws around you) and a kisser and she’s guaranteed to brighten the day of anyone she meets! I found Khloe at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet when I was vacationing in Tucson, Arizona and it was love at first sight. I knew Khloe was meant to come home with me and join the family when my boyfriend pointed out that we both had the same hair – color and curls.

English is Khloe’s second language as she was raised in a Spanish speaking home for the first 8 weeks of her life. I had to dig all the way back to my high school Spanish lessons in order to communicate with her first family enough to get her. With some help translating from the surrounding Swap Meet attendees, I was able to muddle through the communication barrier and bring my little 3 pound fur ball home.

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Since I was on vacation, home was first a hotel room but Khloe didn’t mind one bit. She charmed the hotel employees, the airline staff on the return flight and continues to charm everyone she meets. To Khloe, the best treat in the world is a good cuddle which is perfect because she’s such a lover that she givesas many kisses as she gets. As long as she’s with her pack of people she’ll happily go anywhere and do anything. She’s the best and she’s loved to pieces!Khloe-1

Knowing Your Dimensional Weights

One of our suppliers has put together a great explanation of Dimensional Weight and we want to share it with you.

As many of you have already discovered, UPS and Fed Ex recently changed how they bill out freight. They are now shipping by dimensional weight. This may or may not affect how you are used to handling freight quotes. In most cases, this means that freight may be a little pricier for you. To figure freight estimates, you need to take the length, height and width of a box and multiply it altogether and then divide it by 166. That is your dimensional weight and how freight is now billed out. EXCEPTION: If the actual weight of the box is higher than the dimensional weight, then the freight is billed using that weight. The higher number wins, of course!

Let’s look at two examples of our supplier Tranter’s products.

1,000 lids for the 8 oz. foam cup ships in a box 17 x 7 x 12 and physically weighs 4 lbs. Prior to January 2015, you were charged for a 4 lb. box. Now your are charged more than double the weight going by dimensional weight 17 x 7 x 12 = 1428 / 166 = 8.60 rounded up to 9 lbs.

Here’s another example with the actual weight larger than dimensional weight. 2500 of the Lasting Impression Beverage Napkins ship in a box 21 x 16 x 10. This equals a dimensional weight of 21 lbs. The actual weight of this box is 30 lbs. This will ship at 30 lbs. instead of 21 lbs. Remember, the higher number wins.

What can we do to make this easier for you? Well we can’t change the pricing, but when we give you a quote, it will always include a shipping quote so there are no surprises. #WOOF!

Bentley – Dog of the Month

Bentley is the happiest Golden Retriever puppy you’ll meet! He loves to nap, play and gnaw on his peanut butter filled Kong.

From butterflies to wood chips, he’s a food vacuum to say the least. Bentley is also very patient and makes friends everywhere he goes!

His best friend is Bonnie the Yellow Lab who comes to the back door when she wants him to come out and play.


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Puppy sleep time.

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Yes – I am a water dog!



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Bentley all grown up


Made in the USA and Starbucks













This past June Seattle based Starbucks threw the dogs a little bone and allowed us to fetch a giant rainbow flag to celebrate Pride week in Seattle.

Best of all, the flag was made in the USA! Not only did the flag look good but it made a huge splash in the local news.

Thanks go to Starbucks for supporting ZippyDogs a local woman owned small business.

Top Dog Attends the NGLCC National Conference

Recently Top Dog, Elise Lindborg traveled to Las Vegas to attend the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Leadership conference.

More than 700 LGBT business owners, corporate decision makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government partners descended on Las Vegas, at Caesars Palace for an amazing three days of educational sessions, top keynote speakers, world-class networking, and unforgettable special events designed to grow business and develop new connections.

As the current 2013-2014 NGLCC Supplier of the Year ZippyDogs sponsored the conference towels for a grueling 20 minute work out by a fellow gay business owner – Shaun T of Insanity. 

Check out how good the towels looked as participants walked into the opening session!
Everyone was thankful for their towels after Shaun T kicked some butts.

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ZippyDogs towels fill the conference hall!

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Elise sweats like she has not sweated in a long, long time!

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Shaun T checking Elise out.













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In addition to working her butt off at the opening conference session, Elise had the opportunity to introduce ZippyDogs to Fortune 500 Supplier Diversity reps that included Hilton Worldwide, the US Tennis Association, PG&E, Humana, Kellogg’s, Ameriprise, The Hartford, Nordstrom’s, Bank of America and many more businesses who understand the importance of supplier diversity.

If you are the owner of a LGBT business and want information on becoming a certified LGBT Enterprise, please email Elise – She will give you the low down and help you through the process. Certification is well worth the effort as ZippyDogs has grown 25% every year since becoming certified in 2010. Your business will grow, you will meet amazing people and the conferences will open your mind to new ways of growing your business.

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!

Trans and Opaque Beads

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

Chopped Plastic

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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