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Annual Conference Information for 2021

We are excited to announce that the aPaws 2021 convention will be held in Panama City, Florida from Friday, October 8 to Sunday October 10, 2021.

Online link to convention reservation will be up shortly. In the mean time you can call the reservations desk, reachable at (800) 874-8686. When calling, please be sure to mention the APAWS Annual Conference and the booking number of 11B33B.

The hotel rates start at $139/night (plus applicable taxes and fees). This discounted rate will be available to aPaws members 5 days prior and 3 days after our convention dates for anyone who wishes to extend their time in Panama City.

Be sure to download, fill out and return your Convention Registration Form by Sept 4, 2021 to guarantee a convention t-shirt. The cost is only $75 for aPaws members and $95 for non-members. The form is fillable online and may be emailed to treasurer@apaws.org.


FRIDAY EVENING: Meet and Greet with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar sponsored by aPaws.

SATURDAY: Convention including lunch and speakers. Speakers and seminars will be announced in the coming weeks as they are secured. We'll be hearing from 3 scooping companies regarding the highs and lows of starting and running a pooper scooper business. Ogy Nikolic will be back to give us a zillion updates his team has implemented to make the Sweep n Go pooper scooper app even better than ever. Do you have questions regarding your business structure? Or how to keep track of basic accounting? For the first time ever, we will have a live CPA giving us the best practices for our service business. Speaking of service business... we have secured the one and only Josh Latimer, the guru of service business automation to be our key note speaker. Learn how to work on your business and not so much in your business. Soak in all the information you can get from the one who has taught tens of thousands of service business owners grow their business into profitable 7 figure businesses.


2021 Convention Registration Fee


The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws), a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade organization, has hosted this special event every 2 years since its formation in 2002. The purpose is to provide continuing education specifically for professional animal waste specialists from around the country. However, all pet professional are invited! In the past, guest speakers have discussed topics such as social media and interactive marketing, how to effectively use google ads, how to start or expand your business, a virtual office for pet professionals, pet first aide basics and much more. Round table discussions are also held to allow pet professional to share information with one another on a variety of topics.

In addition, aPaws has made it their ongoing mission to raise money to donate pet air masks to fire departments and EMS Personnel. These cone-shaped plastic masks come in three sizes and fit snugly onto snouts so pets of all sizes can be resuscitated when suffering from smoke inhalation. For more information on pet recovery masks and how you can support our efforts to provide these masks, please visit http://apaws.org/about/support/donate

The members of aPaws like to mix a little fun into the convention. The “Turd Herding” Contest and “Name That Turd” are activities that every professional pooper scooper looks forward to. The “Turd-Herding” Contest is for professional pooper scoopers to determine who is the fastest pooper scooper in the nation. For this unique contest, fake dog waste is placed around the grounds of the hotel and participating pooper scoopers see who can pick up the most piles in two minutes. The top three winners each receive a trophy and bragging rights... at least until next time!

Turd Herding

Turd Herding Contest, which has become a staple of the aPaws annual convention, will take place on Saturday and is open only to aPaws members. If you got what it takes, you can prove to the world that you are the fastest pooper scooper and take home the first place trophy and have the bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Some of our past Speakers:

Shelby Kuzcharski  
Sit Means Sit Dog training

Josiah Ryan  
Sarasota Internet Consulting

Ogy Nikolic
Sweep&Go   Pooper Scooper App

Justine Erickson
EMyth Certified Business Coach

Brian Basilico
B2b Interactive Marketing, Inc.

Brad Barton, CSP
Inspirational Keynote Speaker/magician

Kirk Weisler
Chief Morale Officer, inspirational speaker

Kandra Witkowski
Business Owner and certified Pet Tech First Aid Instructor # 1375

Danielle Vasta - Jump Consulting
Starting and Expanding Businesses, Social Media, and Goal Setting.

Tiffany H. Manson - Pet Pro Office
The virtual office for pet professionals!

Keegan Dyer - DinPoo
DINPOO, LLC is the nation’s first brand of dog waste remains disinfecting solution

William F. (Bill) Hadley
He Is Founder And CEO Of Bio-Pro Research
Zoonotic Diseases “Zoowhat????? What And Why, As A Pet Professional, You Should Care.”

Stasia Holdren
Google Adwords Specialist

Nick Natale
Pro View Systems Authorized dealer for Vehiclepath GPS tracking

TJ Kergin
Anchor Media Communications

Morieka Johnson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tools For Connecting With Your Local Newspaper Or Media Outlet.

Day Knight and Associates
Day Knight is a full service collection agency

Fred Hassen
Fred is the founding dog trainer with Sit Means Sit

QXpress with Paul Jackson
An overview of scheduling software for the service industry.