Chamber supports business owner's move from pet project to major player
What does your business do? When and Why did you join the Brooklyn Chamber?
robbie dawg is a small woman-owned business based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We bake handcrafted organic dog biscuits and have been in business since August 2003. Our company name derives from owner Lisa Fortunato's Tibetan Spaniel Robbie who is a real "Brooklyn dawg." Our customers are dog lovers who want healthy, nutritious and flavorful products for their pets. Our biscuits are sold in fancy pet boutiques, pet spas and gourmet groceries in 16 states including NY, NJ, CT. We also offer our products through robbiedawg.com.
After attending a seminar at the Business Library about the Brooklyn food industry, I connected with the Chamber and became a Member shortly thereafter.
How has your Brooklyn Chamber membership assisted your business?
The Chamber has supported my business in several ways. Initially I ran my company out of my cramped 250 sf kitchen. Through the efforts of the Chamber and Chamber Member Fillmore Realty, I now operate out of a 2,700 sf loft space in Red Hook, which I've completely renovated. The Chamber's Brooklyn Goes Global's Food Manufacturers Only program has afforded our business excellent trade show opportunities, where our products are well-received. I find through every Chamber seminar or event, I meet another potential customer, resource or business contact.