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May 12, 2009
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Six Web Site Fixes to Make Now
from Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs shouldn't have to be convinced of the importance of a good business Web site. Without one, consumers can't find you. That maxim holds especially true for business owners who rely on internet sales for their revenue. You know you need a Web site because without it you don't exist. But relatively minor issues can drag down your site's effectiveness - issues that could be costing you money. More    E-mail article

It Isn't the Economy, Stupid
from Inc.
Not all companies can blame failure on the recession. Some, like Circuit City, died due to poor customer service. Make sure your company doesn't follow suit. More    E-mail article

Twelve Leadership Lessons from the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise
from Fast Company
Between liaisons with Pantone hued alien females, conflicts with empire-building cyborg killing machines, and encounters on new planets that always results in the death of a red shirted security officer, koans of management advice are routinely delivered from the bridge of the Enterprise. There are great lessons to be learned from the words of these men who sit in the Captain's chair. Apply the wisdom of Starfleet's finest to your strange new world of business and you too will manage well and prosper. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: CritterTrail®

CritterTrail® habitats are designed for the health, security and comfort needs of your hamster or gerbil. Innovative features encourage interaction between owners and their pets. CritterTrail® is the only brand with Super Protect™ antimicrobial technology built-in to ensure a cleaner environment. Expandable Fun-nels™ and connectable accessories encourage activity and exercise. More info

Go Looking for the Next Big, Invigorating Thing
from Business Matters
You can only cut costs and fine tune operations so far. Without a real breakthrough idea, your business can melt away like an ice cube in the sun. Unfortunately, the next big thing is probably not lurking in your office. You have to step out of your comfort zone and go looking for it. More    E-mail article

Oregon Bill Calls for Exotic Animal Permits
from PIJAC
Oregon Senate Bill 391 changes the state’s definition of "exotic animal," by adding and deleting certain species as well as mandates a permit requirement for possession of an "exotic animal." The bill also proposes sale and breeding restrictions for "exotic" animals. The bill further requires any person who keeps an exotic animal in the state to obtain a valid Oregon Department of Agriculture permit for that animal. More    E-mail article

Celebrities Getting In Line to Endorse Pet Products
from Petfood Industry
Linking your petfood brand sales to famous personalities can be heavenly or hellish. The question is: Is it worth the gamble? Because of the constant media saturation that most people experience daily, they eventually become numb to standard advertising. The challenge of the advertiser is to find a hook. More    E-mail article

New York Seeks to Limit Ownership of Intact Cats and Dogs
from Pet Product News
Legislation relating to the registration and regulation of animal breeders, as well as limits on intact cats and dogs has been introduced in the New York State Senate. The first of two measures requires the registration and regulation of animal breeders; requires each to be licensed; and creates a breeders licensing fund. The second measure relates to the definition of pet dealers and also provides that no person or business who buys, sells or offers dogs or cats for sale to the public or at wholesale shall possess or own more than 50 cats or dogs with intact sexual organs. More    E-mail article

Mars Petcare to Close Three Plants Later This Year
from Reliable Plant Magazine
Mars Petcare US on May 7 announced that it will close three of its manufacturing plants later this year. "Mars Petcare US is dedicated to providing an enjoyable pet experience for pets and their owners," the press release states. "To achieve this goal, we need to have a manufacturing network grounded in efficiency and long-term sustainability." More    E-mail article


Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.94   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 10.05   0.29%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 53.72   0.17%
CLX Clorox Company 55.15   0.27%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 62.19   0.37%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 8.10   0.15%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.89   0.01%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 13.00   0.70%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 25.20   0.33%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 16.38   0.07%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.00   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 17.41   2.02%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 21.43   0.40%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 14.15   0.25%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 50.37   1.20%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 22.68   0.39%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 25.74   0.64%

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