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2014 Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards nominees announced

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Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN) recently announced the nominees for the 2014 Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards. The competition embraces five categories, Advocate, Corporate, Entrepreneur, Rising Star and Solopreneur. Five finalists in each will be announced July 12. The winner of each category and the overall Pet Industry Woman of the Year for 2014 will be announced Aug. 15 at the Women in the Pet Industry Conference and Awards Show to be held in Portland, Ore.

“The Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics – and their parents,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “The Awards are a celebration of women who have devoted their lives to the pet industry and shine as beacons of women helping women and pets with passion." (Happily, the author of this article is one of the nominated women.)

WIPIN helps entrepreneurial women grow their pet-focused businesses through unique networking opportunities, valuable business growth meetings and online resources. The All About Growth Conference & Awards Show in August will bring women together to connect, network, and learn how to grow their pet-focused businesses. With 425 members, and growing daily, WIPIN is the premier networking organization for women in the pet industry, offering its members the opportunity to connect, share and learn from other likeminded professionals. Members share three core philosophies: Give first, grow continuously and connect for reasons that matter. WIPIN is the only organization serving professionals in all segments of the pet industry, as well as all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals, horses, and exotic pets.

The winner of the Pet Industry Woman of the Year competition will have the opportunity to participate in a number of pet-oriented events, including the chance to walk the runway at two pet industry media-centric events in addition to being invited to attend numerous other receptions, affairs and conferences. It promises to be an intense but fulfilling year for the talented dedicated woman that takes the final prize.