Why are my buttons popping? Why am I so proud of the win? In the first year of momstown’s operation, the very first SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award was announced. momstown had not yet passed the one year in business milestone and couldn’t enter but I was endlessly inspired as I read about the mom entrepreneurs listed on the nomination site. Such smart, ambitious, pioneering women with guts to start their own businesses.
I recall with clarity the segment on Canada AM where the top 3 businesses, Julie Cole from Mabel’s Labels, Candace Alper from Name Your Tune CDs and Debbie Cornelius from Wee Piggies, stood waiting to hear who won. When Mabel’s was announced I felt so proud of Julie who was an active local mom from momstown Burlington.
I wanted to be like them.
At the time, the future of momstown was not that clear. momstown was expanding quickly on a hope and a prayer. I had 2 young kids, 2.5 years and 6 months, home with me full time. I was struggling from the lack of sleep and stress that a non-sleeping baby and midnight business caused. All I really knew was, running momstown felt like the right thing to do personally and for our community so I kept at it.
Over the years, I have watched other women, Martha Sully of Canadian Sitter, Shirley Brobank from Vancouver Island Baby Fair, and Laura Berg from My Smart Hands, all claim the Mom Entrepreneur of the Year award and cheered them on. I’ve been thankful and proud to be part of this space in history where moms who run their own unique businesses are rewarded.
When this Award launched, the words like ‘mompreneur’ or ‘mom entrepreneur’ were still new and in fact, hotly debated. There’s a stream of thought that believes by putting “mom” in front of entrepreneur diminishes the commitment to the business and their ability. Personally, I find anything that brings awareness to women in business a support.
The growth of social media and has allowed me to forge ahead with friendships with all of the winning women named above. I have realised they are even more smart, dedicated, focused and forward thinking than I thought. And guess what, they are insanely busy moms just like me. They are JUST like me. If they could gain national growth and recognition, so could I.
Any mom entrepreneur that wants to succeed WILL. That I truly believe. Our entire momstown team is beyond excited for this recognition from SavvyMom. In our 5th year of business, in SavvyMom’s 5th year of the Award, momstown’s name is on it. Incredibly validating and inspiring for us all in momstown.
To highlight the mom entrepreneur community, momstown would like to recognize and congratulate other mom entrepreneurs with a momstown gift.
Available to ALL Online Mom Entrepreneurs: FREE advertising package which includes a National Contest and a 3 month discount listing on all our national sites. Click here to sign up to claim your package and get set up to support your business over the holiday season. Our celebration ends October 28, 2011, don’t miss out and enter your name.
Available to ALL Members: As a thank-you to all of our amazing momstown members for their continued support, we’d like to extend everyone’s membership! FREE one month membership – for all New, Existing or Lapsed members. Click here to sign up for your free month extension, reactivation or extra trial membership. momstown loves to connect neighbourhood moms and we hope you’ll join us.
Thank-you to SavvyMom.ca for creating this award and motivating mom entrepreneurs in Canada to be better. Entrepreneurs need mentors and this award has always profiled an enormous list of business women to look to for connections, ideas and mentorship. Sarah and Minnow, founders of SavvyMom have provided just that platform to highlight women entrepreneurs in a time when no one else was. Since then, organizations like Women in Biz, Bossy Mama, MOMpreneur Magazine, Mompreneur Showcase, and the book Mom INC have developed opportunity business and support networks. Many of our own momstown chapters now host mom entrepreneur networking nights to collaborate and learn together.
Thank-you to everyone – we're darn excited!!
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Keep on eye on our momstown chapter blogs for our licensees take on this win and why it's so important to them as well.
Are you a mom entrepreneur? What inspires you?