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Making Leather Leashes

Katrina Boldry has been an animal lover ever since she was a little girl. Starting as a teenager she helped raise a guide dog for the blind. Using the same leather leash for nearly 17 years, it finally wore out and Katrina needed a replacement. She scoured the market high and low, but she could not find a product that matched the quality or durability of her beloved leash.

After much disappointment, Katrina decided to make her own pooch merchandise. In 2008 she opened Bold Lead Designs, which manufactures and sells handcrafted premium quality dog leashes and accessories with a customer satisfaction guarantee. She volunteered for service dog groups, which inspired her to collaborate with animal surgeons and therapists to create a Mobility Support Harness. Now dog owners with balance issues can use the harness handle as a brace and walk-support that is comfortable for the dog too.

Stepping into the mysterious life of a business owner was a daunting process for Katrina. To shed some ambiguity, she decided to take a business course at Mi Casa Resource Center to understand the nuts and bolts of starting a company.  With the help of this training, Bold Lead Designs is now a thriving business that sells products in all 50 states and in over 30 countries worldwide.

Katrina was a “solo-preneur” until 2013, when she hired four full-time employees to support her growing business. Then Katrina barked up the right tree by working with Dan Beyer of Citywide Banks and Colorado Lending Source to obtain a Small Business Administration 504 loan. This financing allowed Katrina to purchase a storefront in Aurora that will sustain Bold Lead Designs’ continued success.

Katrina's Words of Wisdom:
Know your values and principles. Stay true to them, keep positive, give people a reason to come to you, and most importantly take time for yourself.