19-year-old Wisconsin business owner with Down syndrome earns national award

Gracie Jagler owns natural dog treat business

Gracie Jagler, a Wisconsin teenager with Down syndrome, has won the first-ever Blake Pyron Entrepreneurship Scholarship for her work as the owner of a natural dog treat business business based out of Watertown.

Jagler, 19, started Gracie’s Doggie Delights last year with the help of her family. Gracie’s love for her three rescue miniature schnauzers inspired her to start the business, according to her parents Heidi and John.

Gracie’s Doggie Delights are sold online and in retail outlets across the country.

“One of the most rewarding things about this adventure has been meeting other parents who have kids with Down syndrome who tell us that Gracie is inspiring them,” Gracie's father and State Representative John Jagler said. “We hope that we are changing the way some people think about people with special needs. It’s about abilities, not disabilities.”

The Blake Pyron Entrepreneurship Scholarship is designed to help individuals with Down syndrome own their own business. Pyron, the namesake of the Scholarship, operates his own snow cone food truck in Sanger, Tex.

The award will be presented to Gracie April 4 in Washington D.C. as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's Employment Conference and Buddy Walk.

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