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Local company to get a $20,000 makeover

Posted: May 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A local business teamed up with a business organization to help one lucky Santa Clarita Valley business with a $20,000 makeover.

Small Dog Creative, sponsor of the SCV Business Makeover, teamed up with the SCV Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a contest in which one local small business will receive professional website design, marketing, accounting and legal services.

The contest was just extended to June 30 for entries.

“We started some five years ago when the downturn occurred,” said Anya Smilanick, creative director and founder of Small Dog Creative. “The first thing most businesses did was pull their marketing and branding (efforts), which is so important to survival.”

As business is beginning to pick up again, Smilanick came up with the idea to help a deserving business by giving it some basic support services.

Local firms who have agreed to donate services, of specific values, are Small Dog Creative, Santa Clarita Photographic Studios, AK Printing, KKAJ Certified Public Accountants, Stark Social, 25 Score, McDowell & Odom LLP, and The Watters Group., she said.

“Each of our sponsors has generously donated their services to a local business and help the SCV Chamber of Commerce,” Smilanick said. “So far we have had an amazing response and we are all looking forward to transforming a local Santa Clarita business.”

The only criteria is that a business must have operated for at least one year, she said.

The chamber met with Smilanick, said Terri Crain president and CEO of the SCV Chamber of Commerce.

“We suggested they charge a small entry fee to help determine if they’re attracting entries from businesses that have been in operation for some period and will be around long enough to take advantage of the services they’ll win, Crain said.

The entry fee is $100, but as that was not the intent of the contest, all fees are being donated to the chamber, Smilanick, said.

Applicants to win the free services will be judged by a panel of business people who do not include the sponsors, she said.

More information, along with the application, can be found online at




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