The results of the Small Business Big Game contest are in...

Eighty-one days ago, Intuit announced that we were one of the top four finalists in the Small Business Big Game contest. Today, Barley has the tough job of letting you all know that we did not win that ad in the big game.

We have run the gamut as far as emotions, and we figured what better way to share our thoughts with you than through pictures of our girl… 

When we first heard the news, Barley felt like this:


And after a while, she moved onto this:


But then, she remembered meeting so many new friends and connecting with old ones who provided an amazing amount of support and love. 

In just 11 weeks, we went from having our treats in 14 retailers in two states to 20 retailers in six states. The exposure from the contest has changed our business in a way that we never thought possible, and Barley now feels like this:


So while we may not have won the Big Game spot, this two person and one dog team has gotten so much more: a remarkable community of dog and beer lovers across the country who we can now call our family; a business that continues to grow at a pace we never expected; and a massive step closer to realizing our dream of making a living doing what we love. 


And finally, a few notes to some very special people: 

To GoldieBlox, Dairy Poop and Locally Laid Egg Company: We have enjoyed going on this ride with you, and it has been a blast finally getting to meet you in person. We’re just so proud to be among this amazing group of small businesses. 

To GoldieBlox: Congratulations on the big win. Girls rule, especially the four-legged ones. 

To Intuit: You may never fully know just how much you have changed our lives. Your kindness over the past few months, your belief in what we do and the resources and tools you have provided will continue to help us turn Barley Labs into a successful business, long after the buzz from contest ends. 

And last but certainly not least—to our family, friends and supporters: Thank you for being so patient over the past couple of months. It was killing us to have to keep all of this from you, especially after how generous you were with your time and energy during the voting period. Many of you may be feeling disappointed, but please know that we are in a far better place today than we ever dreamed we would be, and so much of that is thanks to you.

 For those of you in the Triangle, we are hosting a Woofs & Love event at Fullsteam on Saturday, February 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. as a small way to thank you for your support. Please come out for some treats and fun, including raffles filled with gifts for you and your pup. 

Thank you again for everything, Barley’s Buddies. We’ve got some exciting things coming up in the future (including a commercial spot that we've won just by being in the Top 4 that will air later this year), and we hope you’ll continue to join us on this amazing ride.

Woofs & Love!

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