StartupNation announces winners of 2013 Leading Moms in Business Competition

Earlier this month we announced Mom, Incorporated authors, Aliza Sherman & Danielle Smith, joining the panel of judges for StartupNation’s fifth annual competition, “Leading Moms in Business,” sponsored by office supply superstore, Staples.

And the winners are…
The judging process has been completed and StartupNation has announced the winners of the 2013 competition:

1 – PJ Jonas of Goat Milk Stuff, which makes goat milk soap with the milk from their own dairy goats, a product that helps with dry and sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne or rosacea.

2 – Debra Baretta, Founder of Mama Baretta, an organic baking company specializing in food sensitivities.

3 – Sheri Atwood, CEO and Founder of Ittavi, an expense management and bill payment management system for child support.

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the contest sponsor, Staples, and to StartupNation for recognizing the achievements of mothers building and running successful businesses. For more information on the contest and winners, visit StartupNation’s Leading Moms in Business contest page.

She’s Mom Incorporated: Lindsay Joly, Mom Blogger

Lindsay Joly didn’t set out to be a professional blogger. A talented writer who had a book published at the age of 17, Joly was no stranger to the written word. But now instead of fiction, she has taken to capturing the story of her life as a mom. Through You Are The Roots, Linsday Joly is blogging her way through first-time motherhood with photographs, personal anecdotes, product reviews, and giveaways.

Though she may not have intended to become an entrepreneur, Joly has found her hobby has now grown into a business that she can enjoy while caring for her now two-year-old son.

MomIncorporated: When you started your blog did you know right away that you were going to turn it into a profit-earning business? 

Linsday: When I first started my blog, I did so as a means to document my first pregnancy in great detail, both for myself and for friends and family who lived out of state. It was a great place to keep the information overload from doctor’s appointments, weekly “belly growth” photographs and just my feelings in general to have to look back on and reflect. As my pregnancy continued, followed by my son’s birth and now his current toddlerhood, it sort of turned into something more. It wasn’t until my son was almost one that I decided to accept paid advertisements on my blog. Continue reading

Aliza & Danielle Join Panel of Judges For StartupNation’s Leading Moms in Business Competition

Mom, Incorporated authors, Aliza Sherman & Danielle Smith, have joined the esteemed panel of judges for StartupNation’s fifth annual competition, “Leading Moms in Business,” sponsored by office supply superstore, Staples.

StartupNation is an online resource that provides information and support for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. Their contest celebrates the hard work and dedication of women who are taking care of their families and running a successful business. Danielle and Aliza literally wrote the book about juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship in their holistic guide.

We are honored to be invited to participate on the panel of judges,” said Aliza. “Startup Nation is a stellar resource for business owners, and we love the fact that they are recognizing moms with companies, a powerful force in business today.”

Aliza and Danielle will be joined by four additional judges on the panel: Jeff Sloan and Rich Sloan, founders of StartupNation, veteran media executive, Carolyn Wall, and Kim Jarvis, President, C. Jarvis Insurance Agency.

This year’s competition received nearly 350 entries of mom-owned businesses from throughout the United States. The top 10 businesses as decided by a popular vote will be presented to the panel of judges to be scored on the following criteria: 1) Revenue growth 2) Innovation 3) Creativity 4) Future growth potential.

The prizes for the competition are:
•   One first place winner will receive $10,000 from Staples
•   The top three winners will receive a $1,000 Staples gift card towards their office improvement efforts, a complimentary workplace design consultation from Business Interiors by Staples, and a complimentary business growth consultation by StartupNation founders, Jeff and Rich Sloan.

The winners of the competition will be announced later this month. In the meantime, Aliza and Danielle share some of their wisdom and advice for mom business owners in an interview with StartupNation, The Art of Being a Successful Mom Business Owner.

Tips from One “Mom with a Biz” to Another

Rebecca Batisto is the founder of Abask Marketing, a full-service marketing agency specializing in everything from social networking and website production to public relations and everything in between. She created the business from home while working a full-time job but as her “side” business grew she was able to leave that job to focus on running her own business full-time. And, just two weeks later she found out she was pregnant! She is now the proud mom to two children under three and is successfully running her business out of her home office in sunny South Florida. 

She knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur and a mother but becoming both at the same time was more of a challenge than she had anticipated. Rebecca shares some of the lessons she learned through this experience and offers some guidance to help you along your journey.  Continue reading