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UMBC Alums Find Success in the Local Community

By UMBC Blog

News and Stories for UMBC Alumni


One of the greatest things UMBC students and alums can do is make contributions to the local community. Alums Delali Dzirasa ‘04, engineering and information systems, and Erin Travis ‘06, visual and performing Arts, do exactly that by stepping outside the campus perimeters and starting their own businesses in Catonsville. See how their businesses help service the community.


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Running a pet care business is a walk in the park for Catonsville woman

By Heather Norris

Catonsville Times

July 8, 2015


Read the full article from The Baltimore Sun here



Erin Travis talks to her dogs Sweetwater, right, a 10-year-old Mini Australian Shepherd rescue and Barley, a 3-year-old Tricolor Border Collie rescue, at Patapsco Valley State Park. (Staff photo by Brian Krista)

Trails and Tails Pet Care nominated for the 2015 Commercial Revitalization Awards

Young Entrepreneur Category 


June 2015 article here

The Best of 2014: Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Catonsville Business Awards
January 15, 2015


January's article here

See photo's from the event in February's article here


Most Chamber members may never have seen the owner of the business receiving the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award because she never stands still. Her business has her on-the- go quite literally from morning until night. It all started three years ago when her neighbor asked for help taking care of her dog. Realizing that she could meet a community need and enjoy a fulfilling work environment, she left her job as a photography editor and started a business providing dog walking services for clients with lengthy commutes or long working hours so that these professionals could focus on their work and not be worried about pets left alone. Her business also provides vacation pet sitting services when clients are out-of-town, hikes for pets whose owners suffer impaired mobil- ity, and pet photography. After working as “one-woman show” for the first 18 months, she was able to begin hiring staff. Today she supervises three employees and is seeking more to serve a list of 250 clients that is growing daily. Clients rave about the care she and her employees provide, especially for pets with special needs.

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present this year’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award to Erin Travis of Trails & Tails Pet Care.