Give Yourself A Raise

We all work hard and have so many roles. We wanted you to pause for a moment and ask yourself this question:  

Do you give yourself a raise as a mom? 

Entrepreneur and author Aliza Sherman learning to play the ukulele on Popexpert.com

Being a parent is a full time job, and taking a break is important. As busy mom entrepreneurs, sometimes it’s hard for us to remember to take stock in all we accomplish each day and give ourselves some credit. We asked Aliza Sherman (co-author of Mom, Incorporated with Danielle Smith) how moms can give themselves a raise. She recommends taking a proactive and longer-term approach to personal raises. Continue reading

A Word of Thanks

It’s Annie, your Mom, Incorporated Community Mom, here. On the MomIncorporated.com blog, we tend to focus primarily on business. We interview successful mom entrepreneurs who are running their own businesses and we provide tips and resources that you might find helpful in running your business. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought it might be nice to pause and focus on the Mom part in Mom, Incorporated for a moment.

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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.

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.

Introducing Annie, our Mom, Incorporated Community Mom

Meet Annie Pearson.  Annie is the new Community Manager for Mom, Incorporated. She is a mom of a three-year-old boy and currently expecting a baby girl due this summer.  She loves being a Mom of a toddler and finds it to be a bit of challenge but fun.

Annie

Annie had been working in community engagement, fundraising, marketing and communications for Universities and Nonprofits for the last 10+ years but when her spouse got a job that involved two relocations and quite a bit of travel, they made the family decision for her to become a stay-at-home / work-at-home mom.

She is getting into the blogging and social media world and is thrilled to be working with the inspiring moms at Mom, Incorporated! Annie will be kicking off with a renewed series of interviews with “Moms with a Biz” on the Mom, Incorporated blog. She also recently started her own personal blog, Ever Moving Mama,  where she writes about her adventures as a WAHM moving from state to state.  She’s looking forward to having fun meeting the Mom, Incorporated readers and community moms!

So please help us welcome Annie to Mom, Incorporated. She’ll be with us on Facebook and Twitter as well with maybe a little bit of Pinterest, too!