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Travel-weary inventor discovers inspiration around his dogs’ necks (access required)

By Sam Boykin Jason Watson was pulling down $140,000 a year as director of sales for a software-development firm when, in October of 2006, he sat down his pregnant wife and told her about his epiphany: He wanted to quit his job and sell dog collars. “Yeah,” Watson said, “she thought I was crazy.” But his wife, Jennifer, also backed him up, knowing how he dreaded the constant traveling his job demanded. So Watson quit and launched Dublin Dog out of his Charlotte home. Despite some early manufacturing hiccups and the recession, the company has grown steadily. Today, Dublin Dog has products in over 1,000 stores in 12 countries, and recently moved to a 3,500-square-foot office on Sugar Creek Road in north Charlotte.

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