INDUSTRY pet care

Amanda WellsAmanda Wells turned a love for animals into a business — but first she turned to Longwood SBDC.

Wells, who graduated from Longwood University with a degree in biology, initially hoped to become a veterinarian.

“Life steered me in another direction,” she said. “When I was in college I started pet sitting in people’s homes. When I started bringing dogs home, I decided to expand.”

A mutual friend steered Wells to SBDC.

“I’m good at my job, but the logistics of a business — I had no clue,” Wells said. “SBDC helped me with a business plan — I couldn’t have done it without that.”

In August Four Paw Bed & Biscuit opened for business.

“SBDC is a great asset,” Wells concluded. “They provided me with a wealth of resources.”