When Allie Clegg was nine years old, she started walking dogs in her neighborhood to earn some extra spending money. After regularly walking dogs for two years, she knew this was more than a hobby (and something she wanted to pursue seriously), so she officially started Allie’s Walkabout.
Over the years, Allie’s Walkabout slowly grew into a professional doggy daycare, boarding, and grooming business. The company had early success, but Allie wanted it to be bigger and better—and she couldn’t do it alone. She stumbled upon Aviatra Accelerators (then BGV) at a networking event and was instantly inspired after hearing the compelling stories of previous alums. She knew she wanted to be a part of our organization, and she joined our cohort in 2013 and was accepted into our LAUNCH® cohort in 2018.
Throughout her time with Aviatra, Allie gained valuable insight, accessed incredible resources, and felt empowered to accomplish her goals. Now, Allie’s Walkabout has an 8,000 square foot facility on 4.5 acres—that they own—with 24 employees, including five groomers. They average around 90 dogs a day and are working to install doggy-safe turf in the outside yards and build a membership-only dog park on the property. They’re a complete hands-on but off-leash facility and have been voted “best place to pamper your pet” for the last four years. Allie couldn’t have accomplished all this without the help of Aviatra Accelerators, and she’s so proud to be part of our community.
“Aviatra helped my sister, mom, and I feel empowered and encouraged to accomplish our goals with the help of other women in a male-dominated world. I formed many great relationships, feel more involved in the community, and have been inspired to push past my fears and achieve my goals.” – Allie Clegg, Allie’s Walkabout
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