From dog walker to successful entrepreneur, Nikki Nordick has learned a thing or two over the past five years.

“Through the love and support of our amazing community, we’ve grown Airdrie Puppy Pals from me walking one dog named Hoodoo once a day, to a team of 15 with two daycare locations. I’m very grateful for every success we’ve had along the way,” she says.

Nordick shows her appreciation by giving back to the community in a number of ways, including volunteering as the vice president of the chamber of commerce, raising money for the Alberta SPCA and Airdrie Food Bank, and helping other entrepreneurs through the SMARTstart program.

“She is a successful entrepreneur with a passion for helping others and enhancing the business community,” says Darcy Forbes, president of the Chamber.

“Nikki is happy to give advice with her experience of starting a local business, opening a storefront and expanding the business.”

Nordick says “being an entrepreneur is a crazy journey with a lot of ups and downs” and sometimes business owners need help navigating the twists and turns.

“As I grow, it’s important to share the lessons I’ve learned to help other entrepreneurs along their journey. By lifting each other up and supporting one another, we can make our community an even more amazing place to live, work and play.”