Years in Business
Handlers and dogs hosted every weekend
Training instructors employed
Darlene Collings and her dog Maya love competing in dog shows, but found that there were very few options close to Darlene’s hometown of Lapeer, MI. Growing tired of spending days on the road to compete, Darlene decided to open All Dogs Can, a venue for dog training and competitions.
How the SBDC helped
Having achieved success within their market, Darlene reached out to the Michigan SBDC for assistance navigating her business’s growth. Together with her SBDC consultant, Darlene was able to obtain a larger building as well as artificial turf for the dogs to train on. Darlene has participated in many of the Michigan SBDC’s trainings and continues to work with her consultant on business planning and cash flow analysis.
Through working with the Michigan SBDC, All Dogs Can has secured a larger building for expansion. Their business brings in over 300 dogs and handlers each weekend from all over the country and Canada, and creates a tremendous impact on the entire Lapeer community.
Several years ago, Darlene Collings decided she’d like to compete in dog shows with her beloved dog, Maya. However, they soon realized there was nowhere to participate close to home. After traveling to various competition venues Darlene quickly grew weary of the hours on the road, overnight stays, and added expenses to attend competition trials and training. She wished that there was a competition location closer to her home. Inspired to take matters into her own hands, Darlene decided to open All Dogs Can in Lapeer, MI.
All Dogs Can offers just about everything handlers and their dogs need to compete, including obedience school, agility training, confirmation classes, freestyle dancing, and weekend competition trials. The competition trials host world-renowned handlers from multiple states and Canada.
“The challenge of being an entrepreneur is what excites me. There is always a new obstacle to be faced,” adds Darlene.
People from all over the country have been traveling to Lapeer for weekend trials hosted at All Dogs Can. The business brings in over 300 people each day on the weekend and has created a tremendous impact on the entire Lapeer community. All Dogs Can is keeping hotels filled, restaurants busy, and gas tanks full.
“We are proud to be a contributor in the growth of the Lapeer economy,” states Darlene. “People are shocked that dogs can bring this many people to our city.”
With assistance from the Michigan SBDC, All Dogs Can has been able to secure a larger building for their business, as well as artificial turf for the dogs to train on. MI-SBDC consultant Harry Blecker has assisted Darlene and the All Dogs Can team with numerous business activities, specifically business planning and cash flow analysis. Darlene has attended several Michigan SBDC trainings to improve her entrepreneurial skills.
“I have received a great deal of encouragement and knowledge from the Michigan SBDC. Thanks to the various seminars and trainings, there is always an opportunity to learn something new. Harry Blecker’s commitment and contributions have helped us get where we are today,” comments Darlene.
All Dogs Can is looking forward to moving into their new building in the coming months. This new building will allow All Dogs Can to bring in even more handlers and dogs, hire more instructors, and offer rehabilitation services to injured dogs. Darlene invites everyone to come and check out All Dogs Can to see what amazing things people can do with their canine companions.
To find out more about All Dogs Can, check out their website at www.alldogscanlapeer.com