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The Pet Biz Builder Scholarship

Pet Biz Builder is dedicated to helping promote the future of small businesses in the pet industry. We firmly believe in entrepreneurship, small business, and the value of education as it pertains to starting a business and making the world a better place (For humans AND for pets!

Our founder, DJ Wetzel, worked for 12 years in higher education before starting Pet Biz Builder, and he saw first hand how impactful a technical or community college education could be to someone wanting to start a small pet business. He has worked closely with pet grooming, vet tech, vet assistant, and animal care studies programs at multiple schools. 

During that experience, the story he heard time and time again, is how expensive education can be, and also how difficult it is to find “one the job training” in the pet industry. 

With that in mind, Pet Biz Builder is proud to announce our Build a Pet Biz Scholarship Program!

The scholarship is designed to encourage prospective pet business owners to submit a detailed business plan about their innovative pet business idea. The winning business plan will be paired with a team of mentors of experienced pet business professionals. Our hope is to train the next generation of pet biz owners, while also helping our a very deserving student!

Scholarship Details

  • The program will pay up to $2,000 per semester
  • The award recipient will be partnered with an experienced pet biz owner in a mentoring program
  • Scholarship can be renewable based on available funding and recipient meeting eligibility criteria
  • Student must be enrolled in a technical or community college program – Associate Degree, Certificate or Degree programs are eligible. 
  • Student must be enrolled in a qualifying pet focused academic program
  • Scholarship deadline is July 1, 2022
  • Award period will be August – December 2022
  • Winner will be selected based on the quality of their business plan and financial need.