Oftentimes, when we become mothers, our professional career takes a back seat for a while. But on occasion, a mom comes along with the drive to create, invent and market their own business all while taking care of their children. Here are the top six mompreneurs of 2011.
Dr. Amy Baxter
No one likes taking their children to the doctor for shots. You feel their pain as they cry each time they get the injection that they need. This can be compounded even more when your child has a phobia of needles. Such was the case with Dr. Baxter, a pediatric emergency room physician, and her son. She spent time developing Buzzy, a device that uses vibration and ice to dull the pain of shots. This cute bee sits near the site of injection and helps to dull the pain of shots. Now that’s what I call taking matters into your own hands!
As a weary mom and business woman, sometimes we don’t have the time to pamper ourselves. We think, “I have so much to do, how can I even think about getting to a nail salon?” Enter Nail Taxi, the country’s first mobile nail salon. Thanks to Mrs. Bowser and her bright idea, now the mani and pedi come to you! You can get your pampering done at work or at home. Just be sure they’re in a city near you before you decide to call this cab.
When Sophia saw a lack of organization in her parent volunteer groups at her daughter’s school, rather than sit by an complain, she decided to do something about it. An experienced software consultant, Chiang started Qlubb.com as a way for parent groups to coordinate volunteers. This simple software lets groups like PTAs create an account and make sure that everyone is volunteering their time and not just a select few.
Losing all that added baby weight after you give birth can be a lot of work, especially when you want to spend all your time with your newborn baby. Lisa Druxman came up with a solution to this conundrum by developing Stroller Strides, the fitness program that new mommies can do with their babies.
Ann Marie Foonberg
Driven by a desire to create a TV community for real life moms, Ann Marie developed the Real Mom TV Network. She started by writing the episodes of the shows at her kitchen table. The show launched with a glowing response from the viewers and she has since been able to move production from her home into an actual studio.
Little boys get stinky. Very few of them want to bath when it comes time to wash the grit and grime of a day filled with activity off their bodies. Gellin noticed this and started to develop a line of personal hygiene products that would appeal to boys and called it “Stinky Boyz.” The all natural shampoos and body washes are sports themed and come in fun packages like soccer balls or baseballs.