Total loan: $5,000
Oak Park, IL, United States / Services
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A loan helped develop an online portal for The Founding Moms.
I had 3 businesses, 2 kids and 1 desire to have a cup of coffee with fellow entrepreneurs who also happened to be mothers. So I set up a get-together through Meetup.com. I hoped that maybe four or five women would join me. Fast forward to now: we're 245 746 5,616 mom entrepreneurs and counting.How did it get started? Honestly, it was by accident. I’m a Jersey girl who’s lived in a few places — Los Angeles, New York City, Cape Town, and more. I’m also a travel nerd which is why building an international business is so thrilling. In 2005, just after I finished getting my law degree in Los Angeles, I moved to Chicago where I started my first real business (I say real because apparently lemonade stands don’t count these days?). I managed, booked and did PR for touring musicians under the guise of Paperwork Media. But two years into building that business, I noticed that when bands are recording in the studio and not on tour, they’re not profitable — and neither is their manager. So I launched a second business on a whim. The Bumble Brand sold sterling silver anklets with bells on them. We called them “Bumble Bells” and the online shop grew pretty quickly. We were soon in stores around the country, showing up to trade shows, and shipping orders from my home office like crazy. By 2009, I was running two successful businesses and pregnant with my second child. And I was scared. How does one mom run two businesses out of a home office with an infant and a toddler in tow? I wanted to know how other women were doing it. But I didn’t know any. That’s when I moseyed on over to Meetup.com and a little meetup for mom entrepreneurs was born. Over the years I have met thousands of women who feel don’t have supportive partners. Colleagues, brands and the media do not take them seriously. They are discounted because they are moms. They are discounted because they are women. They are laughed out of the room because they are not building billion-dollar scalable businesses. And frankly, I think that’s just silly. In order to help society at large take working moms seriously — and in order to effect any sort of change in the business landscape — we need to work together. And with your help, we can launch what we've been missing. We can have a thriving online community that will reinforce what really matters: Hard work, determination and a strong CEO. Will you help us build it? Please join us.