Pawprint Chats is a series where we chat with our friends, clients, and peers in our local Colorado community. It’s a chance to check in and see how everyone’s doing, in business and in life.
Today we’re talking to Anna Burrell of Twiggs & Co. Like YellowDog, Twiggs & Co is named after a co-founding canine. We’re in good company.
YellowDog: Hello! Give us the “elevator pitch” version of what your business does.
Anna Burrell: Twiggs & Co. is a women-led, Denver-based sustainability consulting and implementation firm. We work to broaden the everyday lense of sustainability its impact by creating corporate social responsibility flavored programs and initiatives that increase the impact an organization/business has across a triple bottom line.
We are here to disrupt bad business and systems that no longer serve and we are here to do so in as kind and as gentle of a way as possible. We live our values and we will always strive for better and more cohesive as we evolve, moving as technology advances, breakthroughs happen, and dynamics shift.
YD: What has been your biggest win in the past year?
AB: Staying steadfast in our mission and coming out stronger than we went in. There were moments that were incredibly difficult for both Vicki (my business partner) and me where it felt like our entire worlds were falling apart, but our commitment to show up and be forces for good did not falter. I am so proud of being able to say that. We showed up as our authentic selves and our authentic selves have thrived for it.
YD: This year has been a learning experience for everyone. Anything you’ve learned about your business during a pandemic?
AB: That it’s even more needed than ever. There is a lot of energy to do good, and this energy is looking to be directed in helpful ways. Businesses are a great way to amplify messages and the messages at the core of Twiggs & Co. are needed more than ever. How can we use what we have in the world better, in a way that serves societies and natures and stakeholders of all kinds? The tactical messages of “this is how we…” are needed now more than ever. That has really come through and will probably continue to come through.
YD: What has been one of your proudest moments as a local business owner?
AB: Seeing the numbers in our 2020 impact report and seeing how our collaborators, volunteers, and other business owners have shown up for our communities.
YD: If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your business, what would it be?
AB: Our social media profiles would be beautiful and completely on point!
YD: Describe your brand in three words.
AB: Fearless disruptors (for) good
YD: Love it! Now for some rapid-fire questions:
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Early bird or night owl?
Favorite local beer?
Just about anything from Woods Boss Brewing.
What’s your best party trick?
I’m a fire spinner.
What show are you currently binging?
Feel Good on Netflix
Any book you’re currently reading?
Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts and Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
What do you miss the most about pre-pandemic life?
Networking events with snacks.
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YD: Thanks, Anna. It has been so amazing to build your website and radically collaborate with Twiggs & Co. We’re cheering for you!
We’re always looking for business peers to feature in this series. Get in touch to find out more!
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