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Acknowledging Super Women

Welcome to our annual Enterprising Women issue.

This year, the first woman vice president of the United States was sworn into office. This month, voters in Boston elected the second woman mayor in the city’s history.

The numbers of women in leadership, however, continue to lag behind men, as do salaries. That being said, women are making strides to achieve career goals.

This issue highlights some inroads being made locally, including Encore Construction’s first woman owner and CEO; Cape Cod 5’s Dorothy Savarese’s national and regional successes; how two Plymouth women realized their career dream of owning a restaurant; and the work of the amazing nonprofit WE CAN, which helps women achieve goals and meet challenges, personally and professionally.

Check out our new monthly feature that spotlights the Cape’s emerging business and nonprofit leaders through our partnership with Cape Cod Young Professionals Inc.

Lastly, please join our Enterprising Women luncheon event Thursday, Nov. 18, when we will feature innovative networking, a chance to win a $5,000 advertising package and panel discussions with some of our region’s most distinguished enterprising women. Click here for more information and to register.

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Anything But Ordinary – Melissa “MJ” Viera, Dog Groomer, Trainer

Melissa Viera and Yuri

MJ’s Pet Training Academy, LLC
Grooming Salon: 132 So. Main St.
Training Center: 1 Titleist Drive
Acushnet
855-465-7782
www.mjspettrainingacademy.com

How did you get into this field? 

I’ve known as long as I can remember that working with animals is my purpose. My interest in dogs led me to learn to groom dogs at a young age. I even began taking grooming clients (mostly family and friends’ dogs) when I was a teenager. I had a very special dog named Riley, an English cocker spaniel, who inspired me. Training him and competing with him was a big part of how I dreamed up my business. I did so much with him: trick dog demos, competing, and grooming. He gave me confidence. 

When did you start your business? 

I visualized this business long before it became possible for me to take this step. I opened my business (2013) on my own in my early 20s and had to work incredibly hard to make it work — seven-day weeks, non-stop. It’s wild looking back at how much it has grown; how much I have grown, too. 

What is your favorite part about your business?

I enjoy operating a business and working with the people, not just the pets. I know that I am lucky to have figured out what I wanted to do so early and I will never stop working hard to grow what I have. It’s not just for me, it’s for our team and our clients. I’m willing to put in as much work as possible because this feels like my purpose in life. I feel like I’m programmed to do this. This is only the beginning!

People with their dogs are very different from people without their dogs. I see people with such kindness and love in their eyes as they are working with their dogs. I see the excitement when they train their dogs in something new or are communicating clearly with their dogs. It’s truly special. I love helping people and pets. I love giving people a team they can trust with their best friends. That trust is huge. Not every training case is easy and not every training case is under good circumstances but those moments of pure joy between human and animal that I get to be a part of, I think that’s the best part. 

What pets do you own?

 My family of pets includes two standard poodles (Mint is an AKC champion with a trick dog title) and Nelle and Yuri, an English cocker spaniel, my sweet senior dog. I also own a mini Lop rabbit, who I used to bring to visit nursing homes, and freshwater fish of various kinds. They are my world.

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