Sydney Sjaardema & Haley Aleman - Co-Founders, Bark Avenue Pet Resorts
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Welcome to the Built in Iowa Podcast!

On today's episode we have Sydney Sjaardema & Haley Aleman, Co-Founders and Owners of Bark Avenue Pet Resorts.

Bark Avenue Pet Resorts was founded in Ankeny, IA in 2008 by two sisters.  Haley originally founded the company in her parents garage then later moved to a small 1,300 square foot building.  They currently have locations in Ankeny, West Des Moines, and Waukee.  Their banner and largest location in Ankeny is 17,000 square feet!  Bark Avenue Pet Resorts is a full service pet resort.  They do overnight lodging, dog training, doggy daycare, and grooming.  Bark Avenue Pet Resorts has 70 employees and they pride themselves in investing in their employees to make them better personally and professionally.

Haley was just 22 and Sydney was just 16 years old when they began this journey.  They have had nearly every excuse to quit and not follow through with their dream since they began.  They founded Bark Avenue in the recession in 2008.  Haley gave birth to her son and was only able to take one week off work when she founded the business.  Sydney graduated college, but had to sacrifice the traditional college route and took classes on Tuesday and Thursday then worked the remaining five days per week to get started.  They funded their business with collateral on their father's Harley Davidson!  Their story is inspiring and motivating for future builders and innovators - never give up on your dream!

Enjoy the show!

Bark Avenue Pet Resorts Website is HERE
Bark Avenue Ankeny Facebook is HERE
Bark Avenue West Des Moines Facebook is HERE
Bark Avenue Waukee Facebook is HERE
Bark Avenue Instagram is HERE

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