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Thursday
Apr232015

Our Big Announcement .... 

We are SO excited to announce the winner of our 2015 S.T.A.R. {successful, tenacious, accomplished, remarkable} Mom Entrepreneur Award! Market Mommy wanted to honor an awesome mom for her continued dedication to her business and her family! Our judges did not have an easy task; we had many exceptional nominees!

Our goal was to honor a leader; someone who is balancing her business and family in a creative way. We asked moms to tell us what sets them apart from the thousands of other mom entrepreneurs, why they are determined to succeed, how they're helping others and what they've done to show the world that they’re confident, remarkable and steadfast!

Here is a snippet from the winner's nomination form:

“Chrissy started by creating a list of local sales so she and her mom could plan their frugal shopping adventures for her first baby boy. From there, she created a site that reaches thousands across the country.  All while welcoming her 2 younger boys, starting a second business (web design), volunteering on her local preschool consignment sale committee, and being a very involved classroom mom. She is smart, enthusiastic, creative, always smiling with a kind word to share, crazy busy and makes it all look easy.”

We are overjoyed to announce that Chrissy Freeman of Consignment Mommies is the 2015 Market Mommy S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur! She was very excited to find out that she had been chosen as our award winner. “It is an honor to be named the 2015 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur—especially with all of the talented mom entrepreneurs out there!”

She went on to say, “I have the opportunity to connect with an amazing community of women each and every day through Consignment Mommies and am always in awe of the power of a resourceful mom. I owe much of my success with Consignment Mommies to the savvy women and amazing small business owners who have joined in our network and spread our news to friends and family.”

“I accept this award for all of us mamas who are working hard to support our families and achieve our dreams. Nothing should be beyond our reach!” she added.

Visit her at the following channels and see why we think she's such a strong example of entrepreneurship.

Consignment Mommies

Facebook

Twitter

And, here's a little more about her company from the nomination process:

ConsigmentMommies.com provides a full portfolio of resources for consignors, consignment sale shoppers, and consignment sale owners. Sale owners can provide their sale information and reach a large yet targeted audience.  Consignors can find helpful information on the site about pricing, tagging, popular sale items, etc. Consigning for the first time can be a very intimidating task; consignmentmommies.com makes it far easier by offering great info to get new consignors started and keep veteran consignors updated with industry trends and product/recall info. Shoppers can easily search for sales in their selected area on any specified weekend and view results in a list or on a map for easy planning.  Listings also include details on what each sale offers; for example, maternity, junior sizes, furniture, etc. Shoppers can also find links to their favorite sale's website, follow them on Facebook directly from their consignmentmommies.com listing and view a list of award winning sales.

As the winner of the 2015 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award, Willard receives all of the wonderful prizes supplied by our sponsors listed here.

SILVER STARS

We had a feeling that there would be a large number of excellent nominees and we were right. So, we are glad that we reserved the right to name Honorable Mentions, aka Silver Stars. Our judges have chosen:

Kendra Nicastro at Baby Bonanza

Debbie Mast at Green Mountain Mini Baked

Melissa Reed at Packable Pails

We do want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their nominations and offer sincere congratulations to every nominee. You all are amazing women and doing amazing things in this world! Kudos to you! {You can view all the nominees on our Facebook page}

 

Tuesday
Mar032015

2015 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award

One Successful, Tenacious, Accomplished & Remarkable Mom to be Awarded $3000 Prize Package

Market Mommy® recognizes that it isn’t easy to balance a family and grow a business at the same time. That is why the  S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award has been created. One successful, tenacious, accomplished and remarkable mom business owner will be awarded the title of S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur and receive a prize package valued at nearly $3,000.

Market Mommy® seeks to honor women for their continued dedication to their families and businesses. “Many moms put in hour after hour and jump hurdle after hurdle in the pursuit of success for their business,” said Dawn Berryman, Market Mommy® founder. “We feel that they should be recognized for all the sacrifices that they make in the name of entrepreneurship.”

An award winning, nationally recognized panel of judges has been assembled to select this year’s award recipient. Lara Galloway, author and business coach, Mindee Hardin, of Boogie Wipes® and Juice Box Consulting fame, and Holly Reisem Hanna, founder of The Work at Home Woman will be judging the competition.

“We are thrilled to have such an excellent group of judges,” said Berryman. “These ladies are very well versed in the world of mom entrepreneurs and will be up to the task of choosing the most deserving nominee.”

Not only will the award recipient earn the title of S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur, she will also win a prize package valued at nearly $3,000. The package includes a wide variety of products and services geared toward the business woman. Prize sponsors in addition to Market Mommy® include;  The Work at Home Woman, Heather Buen Social Media Maven, Kim Flynn Consulting, Juice Box Consulting, International Christian Mom Entrepreneur Network, Epson, Mommy Perks, Lainie Line, Sugar Pie Bebe, Latersa Blakely Author, Christian Work at Home Moms.

Nominations are open now through March 16. The short nomination form can be filled out via the Market Mommy® website. For more information, visit www.marketmommy.com or contact star@marketmommy.com.

 

 

Friday
Apr262013

An Open Letter to the Remarkable Moms Nominated for the 2013 S.T.A.R Mom Entrepreneur Award

Hello! I’m Mindee Doney, the inventor of Boogie Wipes™ and owner of Juicebox Idea Consulting. I was thrilled and humbled to be a judge of this year’s event! After spending a weekend visiting your websites and Facebook pages, reading the nominations and comments from your friends and fans, my heart needed to send a quick note to everyone. I hope you will enlighten me. :-)

As different as your businesses and your stories are, seeing them together proves that you….WE!….are all cut from the same cloth. One of my favorite comedians said “You are not truly a Woman until you push out a kid and have them stomp all over your dreams.” It’s funny, sad and true how much having kids changes us, makes us take a long look in the mirror and inevitably becomes a “sink or swim” defining moment for most of us. Instead of throwing up your hands in overwhelmed defeat at the challenges of raising kids, you have all taken the skills your learning as a Mother and applied them to starting a business. You’re truly striving for your potential above and beyond what was ever expected of you. Many of you have overcome huge health and wellness obstacles to start and maintain your businesses. All of you are full of tenacity, ideas, creativity, and resourcefulness because that’s what it takes to be a healthy Mompreneur in the opinionated world we live in today. All of you clearly want more out of your life. High Five!

So, I did the judging according to Dawn’s requirements and scoring system and also added a brief comment for each of you specific to what I discovered in a short review of your company. Having been in all of your shoes on some level during my own 12 years as an entrepreneur, I felt a burning desire to communicate a few questions that kept coming up for me. The chief cause of failure and disappointment in life and business is trading what you want MOST for what you want at the MOMENT. Aligning your expectations of yourself and others can ensure you are making the most of every day. Please, take these thoughts with a grain of salt. There is NO right or wrong answers, only an awareness that I believe will help your happy meter. Listen to your heart and you will know if the intention is meant for you or not.

1. Did you start your business for fun and distraction or to make money? Sure, “both” is a fine answer but one of them MUST be more important to you than the other. Pick one to guide your decision making. You will see a significant shift in how you spend your time and your fulfillment level when you accept why you are really doing what you do. It will help you decide if you should spend your morning cold calling sales leads, drawing up new designs or pinning and tweeting again.

2. Do you want to do what you did today 10 years from now? Many of you have a business 100% based on your presence in it EVERYDAY! Many entrepreneurs want the option to someday be sitting on a beach while they make money. If that is you, what are you doing today to make that happen? What revenue streams can you create (product, partnerships etc..) that can sustain income when you are not available? What can you teach others to do? Yes, it’s a gradual process but it must never be far from your mind if that’s your goal.

3. How much are you relying on your MOM persona to make your business succeed? It’s a nice angle in the appropriate setting but at the end of the day, people don’t pay you for your product, time or help because you are a Mom, they give you their hard earned money because you have a tool they feel they need to solve a problem. Remember not to lay the Mommy story on to thick. Of course, it has a time and a place and is great for PR. Just keep it in check.

4. Is your work & life REALLY balanced? Mine never was and never will be. Sometimes life is all about work, sometimes it’s all about kids and family. ACCEPT WHERE YOU ARE! If you are in a stage where you are working 50+ hours a week, it’s all about YOU and your business right now. Give yourself an amount of time you are willing to live that way, communicate with those you love about it honestly and straightforward, stop apologizing for it. Set your boundaries, and reflect often on why you have chosen that and what the consequences and rewards are. Only YOU control how you feel at the end of the day.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my reflections. I have personally struggled with success and failure in my businesses and my life often and find my own sense of purpose in trying to help others discover their best life like many people helped me. I wish you all the very best in your pursuit of joy in your businesses and your home. Be Well, Dream Big, Live Simple

Mindee

Reach me @ mindee{at}juiceboxconsulting.com

Friday
Apr122013

Drumroll please ......

Announcing the 2013 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur

We are SO excited to announce the winner of our 2013 S.T.A.R. {successful, tenacious, accomplished, remarkable} Mom Entrepreneur Award! Market Mommy wanted to honor an awesome mom for her continued dedication to her business and her family! Our judges did not have an easy task; we had a ton of exceptional nominees!

Our goal was to honor a leader; someone who is balancing her business and family in a creative way. We asked moms to tell us what sets them apart from the thousands of other mom entrepreneurs, why they are determined to succeed, how they're helping others and what they've done to show the world that they’re confident, remarkable and steadfast!

Here is a snippet from the winner's nomination form::

“Judi is an inspiring woman. Rather than just preaching positivity, she embodies it. She has taken the simple idea of a love note from mom and turned into something bigger, bringing smiles to thousands (and maybe even millions) of children across the US, Canada, and other parts of the world. In addition to be a wonderful business leader, Judi is the mom of two beautiful teenagers and consistently helps her kids follow the path of kindness. With Lunchbox Love for Kids, Judi is working to create a kinder, happier world for all of us.”

We are overjoyed to announce that Judi Willard of SayPlease is the 2013 Market Mommy S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur! Visit her at the following channels and see why we think she's such a strong example of entrepreneurship.

SayPlease

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Instagram

And, here's a little more about her company from the nomination process::

Say Please was co-founded by Judi Willard in an effort to bring more positive words to children. Their core product, Lunchbox Love for Kids, are the original lunch notes and include heartfelt messages on the front and fun trivia & jokes on the back.

As the winner of the 2013 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award, Willard receives all of the wonderful prizes supplied by our sponsors listed here.

SILVER STARS

We had a feeling that there would be a large number of excellent nominees and we were right. So, we are glad that we reserved the right to name up to 5 Honorable Mentions, aka Silver Stars. Our judges have chosen::

Oreet J. Schwartz :: SharQui – The bellydance workout®

Mistie Lucht::  Playground Pointers

Kay Green:: My Precious Kid LLC

Dr. Daisy Sutherland:: Dr. Mommy and Friends

Jennifer McClanahan-Flint::  Food on our Table 

We do want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their nominations and offer a sincere congratulations to every nominee. You all are amazing women and doing amazing things in this world! Kudos to you! {You can view all the nominees on our Facebook page}

 

Wednesday
Jun132012

Red Jeweled Media Turns Market Mommy S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Winner into a Media Darling!

The following article was provided by Red Jeweled Media founder, Jenny Finke:

A few months ago The Market Mommy asked if we would donate a PR package prize to its first ever S.T.A.R. Entrepreneur Award. We said yes!

When Dawn told us the winner was Jessica Welsch, the co-founder of The HopeFULL Company, we were excited to have the opportunity to work with this trailblazing businesswoman and company that is making a difference in the lives of so many people.

Upon winning the award, Red Jeweled Media quickly stepped into high gear. We interviewed Jessica and then wrote and distributed a press release to five media sources in Minneapolis, MN (The HopeFULL Company is based in Minneapolis). Rather than only pitch the "award" angle, we pitched various story angles about the company - and we simply used the award as the timely tie-in or hook.

We are proud to say we were successful in getting The HopeFULL press on two TV stations in Minneapolis. Please view their coverage on KARE-TV (NBC) and they will be on WCCO-TV (CBS) on June 15th. Success!

If you didn't win the S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award, you, too, can get press for your company. Let us know if Red Jeweled Media can help - or take a look at these tips to see what we think makes a great newsworthy story. Enjoy!

What Makes News::

Timing: Is it new? Look for new angles to work with when approaching media with your story idea.

Significance: Does your story impact lots of people? The more people impacted, the more likely it will be considered for coverage.

Proximity: Does your story have local appeal? News stations look to local business owners and professionals to chime in on stories making national news. Think of how you can localize national trends and breaking news.

Prominence: Is a famous person involved in your company or an influential business person or socialite? The more prominent the person involved in the story, the better chances it has of making news.

Human Interest: Will people find your story heartwarming and interesting?  Remarkable stories rarely get turned down by news media!

Unusual: Did man bite dog? Did an earthquake occur in a non-earthquake zone? The more unusual and/or rare the occurrence, the better the story!

Controversy: Does your story spark conversation or debate? Can you weigh in on a controversial legislative ban or school reform issue? If so, you just might make the local news.

Red Jeweled Media is a boutique PR and social media marketing agency. Its team of creative associates help mold a company's platform into a newsworthy story.