Company: K9 Cuisine
Contact: Anthony Holloway, president of K9 Cuisine
Location: Paris, IL
Industry: Retail, pet products
Annual revenue: $2,500,000
Number of employees: 10
Launched in May 2007, K9 Cuisine helped fill a void created by the tainted-pet-food crisis of spring 2007 by offering pet owners safe dog-food and cat-food products along with reliable and accountable service.
"It wasn't started to be the biggest dog food business in the world; it was started to solve a problem," said Anthony Holloway, president of K9 Cuisine, referring to the lack of product availability and quality service his family had encountered during the catastrophe. "And it didn't take long at all to figure out we were onto something."
Though armed with only a shoestring budget and limited marketing experience, Holloway rapidly turned K9 Cuisine into a thriving business, mostly by letting its products and service speak for themselves.
In fact, he didn't spend a dime on traditional advertising. Instead, he connected with others on forums and blogs who were equally frustrated with the industry, and he used a very soft approach to highlight the company's values and product quality.