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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch, senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of Valor K9 Academy in Horseshoe Bend as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for March 2022. Valor K9 Academy will be recognized for its contribution to Idaho in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.

Valor K9 Academy is one of America’s premier dog training companies. Following their combined 20 years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force, owners Amy and Justin Pishner realized their lifelong dream of training dogs and opened Valor K9 Academy in 2014. What started as a two-person company has grown six fold, with locations in Idaho, Washington, and Tennessee. The success of Valor K9 Academy has allowed Amy and Justin to open a second business, Valor Protection Dogs, which they operate out of Horseshoe Bend. 

In addition to their work with their canine clients, Valor K9 Academy plays an active role in its community. Owners Amy and Justin prioritize philanthropy, routinely donating proceeds to support local rescues and Idaho veterans in need. Their story is one of passion, determination, and service.

“Thanks to its efforts, Valor K9 Academy is a beacon of entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit for all of Idaho to behold,” Risch said. “Amy and Justin took a two-man operation and transformed it into a business that stretches from coast to coast.”

“Congratulations to Valor K9 Academy and its employees on being named the Idaho Small Business of the Month for March 2022,” Risch continued. “You make our great state proud, and I look forward to your continued growth and success.”

Background: Idaho is consistently ranked one of the best places in the country to do business. Each month, Senator Risch selects an Idaho small business that exemplifies the Idaho values of hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional commitment to community.

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