Sustainable Pet Care Expert
Traci is a certified permaculturist who later went on to study social permaculture and taught an online class for the University of NH entitled Social Permaculture: The Art of Building Community & Relationships.
As the owner of a professional pet care company with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Management from UNH, Traci continued her studies in social permaculture and shifted her focus to teaching sustainable pet care practices to pet owners.
In 2020, Traci was named a Northeast Credit Union (NECU) Planet Protector, along with two other women, for her contributions to sustainability.
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Traci, and the great work the team at It Takes a Village Pet Care does, has been featured in several local publications, including Barringtown Town News, Fosters, and the Portsmouth Herald.
Traci was featured in the January/February 2020 issue of Pet Sitter's World for her focus on sustainability and community. She has also been featured in several publications for her accomplishments as a mom entrepreneur.
Prior to starting It Takes a Village Pet Care, Traci owned a marketing and PR firm, and online membership site for mom entrepreneurs. There are dozens of feature stories that have been written about her over the past several decades as well as broadcast and social media interviews.
Pet Sitter Success Story
Traci Bisson, owner of It Takes a Village Pet Care - Focus on sustainability and community fuels pet-sitting business's growth. Operating a successful business involves more than just providing pet-care visits—there’s a mission behind the company’s efforts.
Pet Care Pros Pivot
Traci Bisson, owner of It Takes A Village Pet Care in Barrington and founder of the New Hampshire Pet Industry Professionals, decided to close her business when Sununu declared the state of emergency and set the original 21-day shutdown. She had to lay off all 13 employees.
NH Dog Walking Club
The NH Dog Walking Club, a community outreach effort of It Takes a Village Pet Care, located in Barrington, has partnered with several pet professionals to raise funds for NH pet industry nonprofit organizations - ElderPet, Mary’s Dogs and Live and Let Live Farm.
5 up and coming businesses: For connecting people and pets - It Takes a Village Pet Care gives back to the community and non-profit organizations through their Dog Walking Club. This year they have dedicated proceeds from events to – ElderPet, Mary’s Dogs, and Live and Let Live Farm.
Dover Dog Howloween
DDH, a community celebration and costume parade for dogs and their people recently donated to PMHS. The event is a co-production of Sit.Stay.Smile. Pet Photography and It Takes a Village Pet Care - two organizations that have a history of community service and giving back.
Sustainable Dog Walking
The business – It Takes A Village Pet Care – is rooted in a principle called social permaculture. Bisson explains it this way: “Social permaculture has ethics and principles that you can follow. The ethics basically are: Care of people, care of the Earth, and fair share of giving back."
Walkin' the Dog
It Takes A Village Pet Care has recently started hosting a monthly dog walking group, billing it as a fun way to socialize with people who have the same love for their dogs, and as an opportunity to expose your dog to other dogs all while getting exercise and exploring the outdoors.
Traveling Family Enjoys Journey
After nearly 6 months traveling across the country, a Barrington family “road-schooling” their kids has just hit the peak of their journey. Traci, and Ray Bisson left their home Aug. 27 in their 39-foot RV. They aimed to see 35 states in 8 months, focusing on all of the border states.
Moms as Entrepreneurs
The number of moms launching businesses — from website-based companies to consulting firms — is growing, said Traci Bisson, founder of The Mom Entrepreneur Support Group, a national online community. She attributes the rise in mom entrepreneurs in part to the recession.
From designing better baby shoes all the way to producing erotic videos, mompreneurs have been shaking up the world of business even while working carpool to carpool. Traci Bisson is quoted in this book, which is about how to raise your business and your family.
Mom Biz Owners
The Mom Entrepreneur was started by Traci Bisson. Her company offers tips, advice and resources for women struggling to balance being a mother and running a company. Her site offers a blog, an online support group and a mom entrepreneur co-op with discount products.
Grow Your Business With Kids
Traci Bisson, founder of The Mom Entrepreneur, says when her children were younger, she had more one-on-one time to spend with them. "As any mom entrepreneur will tell you, it is a fine balance to make sure you are giving your kids everything they need. Family first," Bisson says.
Published Articles Highlights
Listening to Your Muse
This was a commissioned article written by Traci Bisson for County Business Magazine about artist and designer Sheree Burlington who gets a lesson in thinking big after experiencing business-owning highs and lows.
A Mix of Old and New
This was a commissioned article written by Traci Bisson for County Business Magazine about the owners of a primitive country gift shop who know the secret to success is rewarding customers for continued patronage.
For the Birds
This was a commissioned article written by Traci Bisson for County Business Magazine about a New England husband and wife team who employ their love of birds and gardening as inspiration for handcrafting unique products.
A Mix of Old and New
This was a commissioned article written by Traci Bisson for County Business Magazine about Calef's Country Store in Barrington, NH. Cleve and Lindy Horton are the first nonfamily owners; they purchased the business in 1996.
Traci Bisson can speak on many topics, including:
- Sustainable pet care
- Balancing growing a business and a family as an entrepreneur
- How to pivot during a recession and a pandemic
- How to start and grow an online community
- Bringing a community of dog lovers together to create awareness and raise funds for charities
- Motivating employees who work remotely
Traci has experienced many things in her 20 years as a mom entrepreneur. She shares some of her most memorable stories here:
- My youngest son, who was a newborn at the time, peed in my hair during a diaper change. This was prior to an important business meeting and I did not have time to take another shower.
- When I had staff working out of my house, I had to manage their activities as well as my kids when school was closed. One day when my lead publicist was pitching the business editor at the LA Times, my older son insisted on showing her a picture he had drawn.
- One week, while trying to balance work and potty training my son, I had to go to the post office to pick up the mail as usual. While there, my son peed on the post office floor.
- During the first quarter of 2008, my marketing and PR firm, Bisson Barcelona, was experiencing some financial difficulties. Four clients owed me in excess of $12,000. Determined to not lay off staff, I cut my expenses by taking my son out of daycare and moved to my home office. Unable to network in person, I turned to social outlets. The Mom Entrepreneur, an online community, was established within the next 30 days.