Meet the Small Business of The Year Finalist – Walks and Wags Inc.
Business View – August 2022/ Small Business of the Year Finalists
The finalists for the Mobile Chamber’s 2022 Small Business of the Year award are Altaworx LLC, Mount Man of Mobile LLC and Walks and Wags Inc. The winner will be announced at the summer reception of the Chamber’s board of directors and board of advisors on Sept. 1.
From the applications, a volunteer committee experienced in management, finance and business development selected the finalists based on criteria: business growth, operations and impact; financial position; innovation and entrepreneurship; customer service; market strategy; and community involvement.
WALKS AND WAGS INC.
Head of firm: Cindie Carter, president
Number of employees: 12
Address: 631 Azalea Road, Mobile, AL 36609
Walks and Wags is a family-owned and operated pet care business whose passion is to enrich the lives of dogs in our area.
President and owner Cindie Carter says that affection, diet, exercise and socialization are essential to a dog having a great life, and that’s why Walks and Wags provides a high standard of service for dogs, such as daycare, lodging, training and grooming. Regardless of the services your pet receives, Carter and her team will identify your dogs’ unique characteristics and customize these services for your pet.
She says just like people, each dog has its own personality and the staff determines which “pack” your dog will be most comfortable and make the most friends. Lodging (overnight stay) includes daily play care and grooming before you pick up your furry friend.
Carter started Walks and Wags in 2005, when she and her family relocated to the area after Hurricane Katrina. She says the business has grown through higher standards of care, education and staff training.
“There are plenty of dogs in the sea,” Carter says. “I want my company to give 110 percent, so I try to anticipate our guests’ needs, greet them warmly and sincerely, and have a passion for excellence and an eye for detail and respect.”
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is to provide members with networking, marketing and professional development opportunities, expand jobs in the area, develop the local workforce, advocate legislative priorities and offer resources to help small businesses grow. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.