Collins is Lakeland native who spent 2015 living in Africa, Asia, and Europe as a missionary. She recently re-opened her business, DonziMade, to create custom bandanas for all of her favorite dogs. She was inspired by her dog of 14 years, Lucy, who she made personalized bandanas for (she had one for every day of the year). Collins has combined her love of dogs and a passion for sewing and creating new things to create a company that allows dog-owners to customize accessories to showcase their dog’s personalities.
What is your business? DonziMade specializes in custom dog bandanas. Each bandana is made with your dog’s name and custom applique of your choice.
Who are your clients? Anyone who loves dogs. My nephew even likes to pretend to be a dog, so that I’ve started making bandanas for him too!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Both my dad and grandfather have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and have started many businesses. It’s been an inspiration to watch them grow great things out of nothing.
Something interesting? DonziMade sells worldwide! So far we have reached 7 countries and 35 US states. I’m also always asked where “Dozni” comes from: I couldn’t say my name when I was younger, so I used to tell people my name was Donz. Since then, Donzi been my nickname!
Why Lakeland? It’s home! I was born and raised here and my wonderful family is here.
Favorite things to do here? Feeding the swans with my nephews, volunteering with kindergartners at Parker Street Ministries, and having shooting tournaments with my family at Teneroc Shooting Range.
What would you like to see in Lakeland? More dog parks.
How has Catapult helped you? I’ve learned the value of networking with others. I can’t wait to learn more from the #CatFam community!
Secret Sauce? Get outside your comfort zone. Get to know your customers and be flexible enough to give them the freedom to run with their creative ideas.