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Jan. 20, 2009
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What It Takes to Survive a Recession
from Inc.
Even as economic fear cripples owner confidence, some entrepreneurs are bucking the trend. They represent a range of industries, many of which have faltered along with the economy. Cautiously optimistic, they say their unique business models will keep their companies healthy in these tough times. More

The Incredible Shrinking Internet Sales Tax Loophole
from The Associated Press via E-commerce Times
The economic mess we're in is causing states to devise tricky schemes to allow them to charge sales tax on items sold online. For the most part, e-tailers are helping, but they urge the states to make the rules more uniform and easier to follow. More

How Twitter Can Help Your Business
from NY Marketing and PR Examiner
Online social networking has been working double-time! With a new social sphere being created what feels like every day, it's hard to manage which groups you belong to, which accounts to check, and passwords for each. The author approached Twitter with a bit of skepticism, but found that it can be used in a myriad of new ways that will help you keep in touch with your clients and keep the public and press abreast of breaking news. More

Getting Media Coverage
from Pawsible Marketing
Every week one of the author’s clients asks, "How can I get my business in a national consumer pet magazine?" It is not an impossible task.- not if you have a great product or service, think outside of the box, have something people want, and let people know about it. More

The Cute Factor: Small Mammals, Big Impact on Bottom Line
from Pet Product News
As just about any pet industry retailer can attest, a shopkeeper must first get customers’ attention before getting their business. A clean, well-organized, reputable store can expect consumers to come back, but they have to come inside in the first place. A little help—that is, the help of little cute and fuzzy animals—can make a big difference in the bottom line. More

Vets, Others to Unleash Tax Revolt
from The Los Angeles Business Journal
Mark Nunez is used to treating all sorts of sick animals, from dogs with worms to cats torn up in a fight. His business has thrived over the years. After all, most owners will spare no expense when it comes to sick pets. At least, they used to. The Van Nuys veterinarian has noticed recently that more financially strapped clients have stopped getting medical care for their pets and some even have abandoned them. And now, Nunez has a new worry: a proposal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to extend the state sales tax to veterinary services. That will add more than 10 percent to pet medical care bills as early as Mar. 1. More

Petland, Humane Society Face Off Over Puppy Mill Allegations
from Pet Age
The hidden-camera investigation that ignited a public relations battle between Petland Inc. (Chillicothe, Ohio) and the Humane Society of the United States (Washington) hasn’t produced a meeting of the minds—but it might have opened the door to discussions. “We’ve talked to Petland about maybe sitting down and talking in more detail. I hope that will happen, but nothing has been set at this point,” said Stephanie Shain, an HSUS outreach director. Such a meeting likely would cover video footage from an eight-month HSUS investigation that reportedly followed 17,000 puppies from breeding facilities to 21 Petland stores scattered across the nation. More

The Raw Deal
from Pet Business
The raw food diet market needs to be carefully scrutinized by pet food retailers who want to provide a complete selection of diets in their inventory. Keep in mind that not every dog or cat will do well on any one diet, whether if it is processed or raw. But stocking raw diets, in addition to processed foods, means that retailers are providing a choice for pet owners who want something different. More

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 6.14   0.49%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 53.64   1.67%
CLX Clorox Company 51.36   0.84%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 63.54   0.76%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 7.13   0.99%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.55   2.30%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 19.55   0.62%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 28.64   2.03%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 16.19   0.25%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.22   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.06   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 16.74   1.89%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 18.35   3.32%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 17.50   0.63%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 57.73   0.47%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 18.47   1.48%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.08   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 19.33   2.28%

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