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THE PER Thursday, March 10, 2005 - B1 '> ' i:ii::~ Taylor has groomed dogs in her home since last November, when she completed her train- friend ing at the American School of day? If so, Dog Grooming in Oklahoma is on the City. During that intensive ten- dog groom- week course, Taylor got lots business of practice with dogs of all '. March 9, in kinds. and salon "I groomed over 400 dogs is ready while I was there," she said. POOches of all Since the school is located in the Oklahoma City metro area, students have the opportunity to practice their art on lots of kinds of dogs, Taylor said. "I've groomed everything from Afghans to poodles," she notes. She also got lots of practice grooming dogs with problems, such as matted fur, and learned to handle active animals that really aren't that interested in getting their hair cut. Taylor said she also saw some unusual cases, such as animals that were being treated for inju- ries, and noted one four-legged client that had apparently been fishing. She removed a fish hook that was entangled in an active Airedale's fur. The dog wasn't injured by the hook, but had just snagged the object on its skirt. Taylor's shop, located at 106 S. Main, right next door to the Lions Den, sports a photo album which shows before and after photographs of many of her furry clients. Taylor raises miniature schnauzers at her rural Perkins home, which is how she got interested in dog grooming. "It was just easier to learn to do it myself," she said. After completing her formal training, Taylor decided she'd like to open a shop so she could Melissa Taylor and her hus- band, Clint, put some finishing touches on their dog grooming shop, "Doggie Doo's," located at 106 S. Main Street. Melissa Taylor, owner of Doggie Doo's, gives Bridgette, a miniature grooming salon located at 106 S. Main in Perkins. The salon opened schnauzer, a trim at her new on Wednesday, March 9. Journal photos by Cindy Sheets handle grooming her client's building in Perkins because animals. animals more conveniently, of the cost," Taylor said. "We Doggie Doo's will eventu- "We wanted a place in town so didn't want to rent. Plus, we ally handle dog-oriented lJrod- it would be more convenient for both grew up here." ucts, such as treats, toys, and customers to get to, rather than A variety of grooming services leashes, Taylor said. She also having to drive on a gravel road are available at the shop. plans to begin boarding dogs out in the country," she said. "There's a free dip with every at a future date. Taylor said she and husband groom," Taylor noted. Doggie Doo's will take Clint started looking for busi- The shop also offers gland appointments or walk-in clients /less propertyin area towns, but expression with each groom, during regular business hours, it didn't take long for them to cleaning of pads and ears, and which are Tuesday through Sat- realize they could find just what toenail care, including painting, urday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. they were looking for - while And of course, seasonal bows For more information or still paying a reasonable price and bandanas to make an appointment, call -- in downtown Perkins. Costs for services vary for Taylor at 547-1556 or drop by "We were pleased to find this different breeds and sizes of the shop at 106 S. Main. .( and Pro-Business States for 2005' by the Pollina Corporate Real and Estate Report, Oklahoma is program, committed to bringing new lder- business to the state and busi- helping existing businesses al expand and grow profitably. Supporting that commitment, 'all sizes are we offer the following on lc some of the incentives avail- rural devel-able to Oklahoma's small businesses and entrepreneurs. Package, This is not intended to be a myriad of complete overview of all the and state's incentives. For a full r programs; listing, visit okcommerce.gov in the "business development" 'Top 10 section. !i !, The state has two primary business incentive programs. Quality Jobs--allows quali- fying small businesses (90 employees or fewer) to receive up to a 5 percent cash-back incentive for up to seven years to locate or expand in Okla- homa. Companies must meet minimum wage and health coverage requirements. Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit Package--is a five-year tax credit on the greater of 1 percent per year of investment in qualified new depreciable property or a credit of $500 per year per new job. This is open to manufacturers with a sales tax exemption permit who are not participants in the Quality Jobs incentive program. Other incentives include Small Business Loan Guar- antees, New Product Develop- ment Income Tax Exemption, Business Incubator Benefits and American Indian Land Tax Credit. Our one stop team, within the Department of Commerce, will work with you at every step in the process to make your expansion or location decision straightforward and easy. We'll connect you with other state agencies and local communities that can extend the benefits you receive with specialized and localized incentives. You can also look to Commerce for regular updates on business tax incentives and other programs that provide solutions to operational and expansion issues on an ongoing basis. Visit okcommerce.gov or call today at 800-879-6552 to learn more. making help protect our state's biologi- ing for Wildlife book and helps cal diversity, Suttles said. establish new places and oppor- When you The Program funds and tunities for the public to enjoy this year.performs surveys of rare and wildlife. endangered species like the To help fund activities like then go toTexas homed lizard, or horny these, make a refund dona- COmplete toad, and declining species in tion on line 34 from line 1 of the High Plains ofwestem Okla- schedule 511-H of your state is homa. It monitors the state's tax form this year, or have your Way for largest Mexican free-tailed bat tax preparer do so for you. For they care colony and is working with part- questions regarding your dona- Suttles ners to aid approximately 400 tion to the Wildlife Diversity species of songbirds, waterfowl, Program call the Oklahoma Tax of shorebirds and water birds. Commission at (800) 522-8165, The Program helps people ext: 13160. connect with wildlife through Direct donations can also be the Winter Bird Survey, Eagle made to: Wildlife Diversity Pro- Watches and the Selman Bat gram, Oklahoma Department of of their Watch. It produces a variety Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box of wildlife-related brochures 53465, OKC, OK 73152. you and guides like the Landscap-Another way to support the state's wildlife and the Wildlife Diversity Program is to purchase a $35 Wildlife Conservation License Plate. Five wildlife designs are available at your local tag agent. The Wildlife Department is funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, federal excise taxes placed on hunting and fishing equipment and by private donations. The Depart- ment does not receive any gen- eral state tax appropriations. Contact the Wildlife Diversity Program at (405) 521-4616 for more information about any of these activities or products, or visit the Department's Web site at www.wildlifedepartme nt.com. What accessories do I need for my computer? What are the benefits of a wireless keyboard and mouse? What is the benefit of a scanner? Does the average homeowner need a printer with a fax machine built in? These days, when buying a new computer, everyone tries to sell you an accessory. It is a growing market. Everyone needs the latest gizmo to attach to the computer. So let's review a few of the optional items that can be attached to any home PC. First, an upgrade to the LCD, flat panel screen is a popular upgrade to most computers. It is a popular selling point on many systems, but is it necessary? Well, if you are a serious computer game player, the definition and clarity will enhance your games, and it is great if you have limited desktop space. However, a good CRT will appear just as clear if you are just going to type and send emails to the grandkids. Prices of flat panel CRT's are dropping, and should be very affordable by the end of the year. Printers, a long time necessity it seems, are also a common upgrade. Dell will give you a printer with some of their sys- tems. Companies sell printers at roughly the same cost as two sets of ink cartridges to refill them. However, do you need one that is also a Fax machine and a scanner? Is a free printer always a good deal? A good rule of thumb when purchasing a printer, first go see how much the ink refills cost. If the cost is acceptable, see how available the cartridges are, does everyone sell them? For example, Dell will give you a printer, because you must order refills from them. Additional qualities of the printer can add or detract from the cost, when were you last thinking, if Igonly had a fax machine, I could use it to solve my problem. Scanners also fall into this area, however, most people do not get the full good out of the scanner they have, but that will be the subject of its own column. Wireless keyboards and mice, a favorite of mine, are becom- ing more and more cost effective in the market. They allow the user the freedom to move the keyboard to the lap, or any other comfortable position they can think of. No cords or wires to tangle, and most have an optical mouse that has less moving parts and tend to last. However, with this freedom comes responsibility. If you have a small child that tends to carry off objects, the mouse is easily removed and lost. There is not a mouse with a search feature built in to help you find it in a toy box. Generally, a wireless keyboard and mouse is a good idea. Glenn Goodrich, owner of Glenn Goodrich Consulting, has a degree in management science, computer systems from Okla- homa State University and has more than 15 years experience in the computer industry, lf you have a question for Glenn, please write to him at gwgosu@yaho .c m" !,