In- Person Networking Events

Join us at our Brand New Event Series for the industry…
Pet Industry 101™!

Our next class will cover “How to Start Your Pet Business!”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Marriott Melville
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

Have your pet business idea ready?  Now it’s time to see if you have a solid business concept and how to get your business started!  A great pet product or service needs a strategic business plan to get your pet career to take off and plan for success. 

We are thrilled to have APP Member, Linda Williams, Principal and Lead Marketing Counselor at The Brand Counselors be our guest speaker at our next event!

Linda has helped a start-up pet retail business go from nearly closing their doors to being a successful retailer.  How?  Linda helped by creating a business strategy, marketing plan and teaching about profitability and how to grow and stay successful.  This small pet business was then featured in a cover story of the business section of Newsday in 2015 and lead in article in Pets+ Magazine in 2017.  Linda is very well versed in the pet industry and owner of 3 dogs.

With 20 years of experience as a senior level executive, consultant, and entrepreneur, Linda Williams has amassed expertise in marketing and business development by working in a wide variety of industries and organizations from $2 billion global corporations to small business.  Linda can quickly grasp complex situations, organize the chaos and employ creative strategies that solve business challenges and generate revenue.

This is a must event for anyone ready to take the leap into the industry with their own pet business!  From the basics of how to start your pet business, to following topics:

Market opportunity in the Pet Industry

  • Research (market and trend data, best practice examples, ) how to search, where to search, what to search
  • Key business drivers /metrics
  • Costs for start up where to start 

Your Goals in starting your pet business:

  • How much do you need to earn from the business 
  • How to build your pet business plan 
  • And a Focus on Marketing, Promo & PR
  • Q&A throughout the event

American Pet Professionals founder and President, Nancy Hassel, will also be speaking and helping guide aspiring pet professionals throughout the event.

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To attend this event you must register below ahead of time.
We have limited seating for this event.  The event is $34.97 per person. 

Non-Members Register Here:

No Refunds for this event. 

Official Members of APP, email us for your discounted link if you want to attend this event! (Cost for APP members is $24.97 per person).

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event series?
Email us today for more information!


Thinking about becoming a Pet Professional?

Thank you to all the new and aspiring pet pros who attended our April Pet Industry 101 event – Thinking about Becoming a Pet Professional?  
And thank you to Robyn Elman for speaking and lending her incredible expertise!


Not sure where to start?

Join us at our Brand New Event Series for the industry…Pet Industry 101™!

Debuting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the LI Entrepreneur Center in Melville, NY from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  This event is perfect for new or aspiring pet professionals!  At our 1st event we are thrilled to have Robyn Elman, President of In Home Pet Services, Inc., a franchise Pet Sitting Company with 13 locations! 

Robyn started her business from scratch and you will learn about her experience and how she when from being a Zoologist (3 years), Pet Retail Store Manager (4 years), Pet CPR & First Aid instructor (10 years) and owning her own pet sitting company for nearly 15 years.  

Robyn will answer many questions you may have and help you figure out what pet career path may be good for you as well as give insider tips, information and education about starting your own business.  And help you figure out what may suit you best, or how to figure that out!

American Pet Professionals founder and President, Nancy Hassel, will also be speaking and helping guide aspiring pet professionals throughout the event, and speaking about her journey from a TV producer to running a national organization and business in the pet industry!

If you need help figuring out what pet career is right for you? 
Whether you want to be a: 
Retail Store Owner? Groomer? Veterinarian? Pet Sitter? Animal Rescuer? Pet Photographer? Pet Product Manufacturer? Dog Trainer? Pet Blogger? Doggie Day Care owner?  Then this is the event for YOU!  We are excited to HELP you figure out which direction you want to go in!

Learn about the industry from successful pet business experts!
Get guidance, instructions, motivation  and information on how to get started in this incredible industry!

To attend this event you must register below ahead of time.
We have limited seating for this event.  The event is $24.97 per person. 

Non-Members Register Here:

No Refunds for this event. 

Official Members of APP, email us for your discounted link if you want to attend this event! (Cost for APP members is $20 per person).

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event series?
Email us today for more information!


Thank you to everyone who attended our February Networking event and 8 year celebration!

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Join American Pet Professionals for our 8th Anniversary Networking Event Celebration – back where it all began!  

We are thrilled to be back at the location where our very first networking event for the pet industry was held:
Butterfields Restaurant 
661 Old Willets Path
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Join us in celebrating our 8th anniversary on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30pm
with incredible:
– Networking & Introductions!

– Meet NEW pet industry connections!
– Giveaways!
– Yummy Food (cash bar)
– Announcements & Insider Info
– Learn about Membership Benefits (For newbies!)
– And much more! 

APP started on a whim as a way to bring together pet professionals from all areas of the industry back in February 2009 – and has now grown into a national organization for pet professionals!

Can’t wait to see you there!
Make 2017 the year you kick your pet business goals up a notch by networking with like minded individuals! RSVP BELOW!

Official Members of APP  <<CLICK TO RSVP the cost to attend is only $19.97 per person!
For Non- Members the cost is $29.97 per person, use the Buy Now button below.
(no-refunds for this event)

Thank you to our Contributors to this event!



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Our last event was such a hit, with tremendous feedback from attendees we are hosting ONE more and final time for the NY area! See below for details and to RSVP!  

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 

6:30pm – 9:30pm
Jack Duggan’s Restaurant – Private Room Upper Level
145 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park, NY 11001
*1 Block from LIRR station for those NYC peeps!

Learn how to use Instagram to: Grow & Engage Your Audience; Bring in New Customers; New Adopters & Volunteers; and raise awareness about your brand or animal rescue! 

 – Learn how to use Instagram Stories
 – When to Post
 – Who to Follow
 – How to Get More EYES on your Instagram FEED who will Take Action
 – Tips, Tricks and Secrets for Amazing Instagram posts.
 – Networking and meeting like-minded Pet Professionals to grow your pet pro community!

This event is limited to 20 pet pros! Buffet dinner and refreshments will be served.  Be sure to bring business cards, brochures, a notebook & pen!  The cost for non-members is $70 per person.  Please RSVP here: 

No Refunds for this event.

BIG Thank you to our Swag Bag Contributors for our events:

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Riverhead (10/20) event for learning about Instagram for your pet business! And thank you for your incredible feedback and questions!

Kim Loper from Harbor Pet said, “Another great event…So much information even before the talk started…High five to you Nancy!”

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Dee McMeekan from Dee is for Dogs said, “Well done, Nancy!”

Nancy Swett from Great Peconic Communications said, “Successfully showed a room full of busy pet pros how to do Instagram better. Thanks Nancy Hassel! Nice to meet everyone else as well. Good luck to us!”

Theresa Cahill from A1 Critter Sitters said, “Thank you so much, but I forgot some of these tips. Need to go back to those exceptional notes.”

Susi Resner from Beardie Bag said, “Good to see you tonite.  Loved all the info!
Now to just put it all into action….my challenge.”

Carol Andersen from Barkfield Road said, “Thanks Nancy. So glad I attended.”

Adrienne Randazzo from Bubbles and Biscuits said, “Thanks Nancy for a great networking event! I learned so much!”

Lily and Diva Tomasa said, “We learned so much, thank you!”


Hello New Jersey Pet Professionals!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Bridgewater, New Jersey to our 1/2 day seminar on September 27, 2016   – with pet industry expert Vicki Lynne Morgn of Animal Brands speaking on Marketing Strategies for Pet Businesses!  


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Become a Member today! JOIN HERE!
Membership has many benefits!


Thank you to everyone who came to our Mastermind Networking Event in Melville, NY in May 2016!



BIG Thank you to our Swag Bag Contributors for our events:

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Become a Memer today! JOIN HERE!
Membership has many benefits!


Networking Event – Nassau County
Thursday, January 21, 2016 

7:30pm – 9pm
Panera Bread
(in their community room)
2375 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY
An RSVP is Absolutely Required Ahead of time for this event! 

This networking event will be for pet pros that want to learn from each other, bring something to the table and work together! We will have 5 questions for you to answer/ask that will help based on our recent Member Survey. The amount of knowledge and information shared at this one event could be a big time GAME CHANGER for your Pet Business or Rescue group!
** This event is FREE for Official Members of American Pet Professionals!**

NON-Members want to come? It is $20 per person for Non-Members to attend, and you can simply RSVP by clicking the Paypal button below. RSVP ASAP!

Want to attend either of the above events at no cost?
Become a Memer today! JOIN HERE! 
Membership has many benefits!


Pet Industry Growth Strategy Workshop
3-hours to Plan Your Next 3-months!

Pet business experts Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR & Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals will analyze your business and teach you how to strategize, plan for and executive goals for your next 3-months.

Are you constantly asking and seeking advice from other business owners, need information and education for the pet industry, looking for guidance and how to’s? Do you ask yourself any of the following questions pertaining to your pet business:

1. How do I successfully execute a launch party or online campaign for my pet product or service?

2. How do I hire a good sales rep?

3. I’ve built my website and brand and need more pet owners to know about my product, what’s next? 

This advanced in-person pet professional educational day will cover the following topics:

  • Strategizing to grow your business during the 1st quarter of 2016.
  • Goal planning and setting that a business owner can adhere to.
  • Learn insights, ideas and be given leads and who to contact, where to go to bring your business to the next level.
  • Public Relation tips to help businesses garner more press.

Takeaways from the 3-hour workshop will be: a weekly and monthly goal setting and executing action plan; access to a live Google hangout 6-weeks after the in-person event to follow up with attendees accountability on their plans; and access to a private Facebook group page to be able to continue to ask questions to help their business.

The event takes place on:
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
10am – 1pm
National Opera Center – Learning Center
330 7th Ave
New York City, NY 10001 – 2 short blocks from Penn Station

This event is only open to 12 Pet Professionals!
The cost is $397.00 per person (APP Members get a $50 discount!).
In order to get your seat you must RSVP by clicking here.  If you are a member and want IN – email for the Discount Code.
No refunds for this event. 

Not a member of American Pet Professionals yet? Click here to join us!


Thanks to everyone who attended our In-Person networking event on 
 Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and to Coliseum Caterers for sponsoring the event!

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Not a Member of American Pet Professionals yet? Join us here!


Thank you to everyeone who attended our Summer Mix & Mingle Networking event to benefit Baiting Hollow Horse Rescue!

Click the pictures to see more photo’s from our event!

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BIG THANK YOU TO OUR Sponsor for this event, A1 Critter Sitters, click their logo to learn more!

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Want to become a contributor to our goody bags?  Email us for   ________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you to everyone who attended our Long Island and New York City Media Training events for the Pet Professional! And special thanks to Waldo Cabrera of MyLITV and to Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR to lending their incredible expertise at our events! IMG_0251


 Thank you to everyone who attended Dog Training Seminar and Roundtable/Mastermind event on January 29, 2015! And special thanks to Andrea Arden of Andrea Arden Dog Training and to Frank Bonomo of Best Friends Dog Training  to lending their incredible expertise at our events!

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Thank you to everyone who attended our blogging workshop ‘Your Pet Blog Matters’ and Mastermined event in NYC on January 22, 2015! 



Thank you to all the awesome Pet Pros who came to our 5th Annual Holiday Party & Pet Food Drive!  To see pictures and find out more about our event click here!


Thank you to our awesome contributors to our goody bags too!

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Thank you to everyone who came to our last event a Business Pow Wow on, Monday, October 27, in Melville, NY 11747


And thanks to Royal Canin for being a sponsor of the event!


Our first Lunch & Learn Teleseminar for Pet Professionals – was a FREEBIE! We were thrilled to be speak with Michelle Maskaly, former Editor of Pet Age Magazine – about “How to Pitch a Pet Magazine Editor!” If you missed the event on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at noon, you’re in luck, click here!


Thank you to all our members who came out for our Boat Cruise, Cocktail Party & Networking Event for the Pet Industry in August on Long Island, NY! (Well technically on the water!) :)  It was so much fun! Click here to see more pictures of our event!


Thank you to everyone who cam to our Mix & Mingle Networking Event in June in Chicago!

A big thanks to ReelPaws Productions for graciously hosting our ingaural event in Chicago! To see pictures of our event in Pet Age Magazine, click here.

Want to become a member and get all the membership benefits? Click the Join Page to find out more