Who doesn’t like a good deal? Mom entrepreneurs have a very limited budget to begin with and in this economy things are even tighter. So, how can we continue to market ourselves without breaking the bank? One way is to visit Jessica at Mom Fuse!

Mom Fuse offers a variety of information on topics of interest to all women and moms. If you’ve never visited, I encourage you to do so! There is info on mompreneurs, beauty, food, family, parenting, reviews, shopping and more. I especially encourage you to visit the mompreneurs page, there are some great guest articles posted there from Market Mommy 🙂

And, of course, since we are all looking for great ways to network and get our business name out there, Mom Fuse offers that as well. There is a blog directory, a place to post your blog’s giveaways and some great paid advertising spots that start at just $20 a month. You really can’t beat it, she has some great statistics! From experience I can say that you get a great bang for your buck!

Mom Fuse is also gearing up for their annual Holiday Gift Guide! Along with having your product featured, there are also some giveaway and advertising opportunities available. If you are interested in having your product featured, e-mail Jessica and provide product information and an image.

Happy Thursday! We’re almost to Friday, yay!

It is time for the annual Dollar Days sale at Announcements Galore! This is a great opportunity to order your holiday cards early and save!! You can’t beat these prices! Order now and they will print your high quality 4×6 photo cards next month, or whenever you have your photo ready to go! All cards are currently $1 or less! Some are as low as 75 cents!

Will you need Save the Date announcements in the coming months? AG offers them too!

Pregnant? Or know someone who is? Order now and Announcements Galore will create your custom birth announcements when baby arrives!

Announcements Galore also offers custom designed magnets and 8×10 photo collages for ANY occasion!

Because we are feeling generous today, we are offering a 50% discount to ANYTHING on Market Mommy! This inlcudes our listings, advertisements and all services! This is for a very limited time {just until Friday} so place your order today! Use coupon code SPECIAL50 at checkout! We look forward to working with you!

HARO, or Help a Reporter Out, is this week’s Tuesday Tip. If you’re not familiar with this you should be. Each weekday, Peter Shankman sends out 2-3 e-mails to subscribers. Each e-mail is packed full of queries from reporters looking for sources. The subject matter ranges from business and finance to lifestyle and health. You never know, you just may be the perfect source that a journalist is looking for! Free press is always a good thing! You can sign up for this FREE service here. But, please read and abide by his rules!

How to build a successful business and brand on a shoestring budget is something all mom entrepreneurs wish they could figure out. Stacey Kannenberg was able to accomplish just that.
She left corporate America to be a stay-at-home mom with the idea of starting her own home business. After being inspired by the Oprah Show, Kannenberg said he had her ‘aha moment.’ She has now sold 60,000 copies of her self-published book line, broke into the school market and garnered over 700 mom blog reviews.

As an author, publisher, consultant, blogger, speaker, motivator, keynote, spokesmom and Mom CEO, Kannenberg now runs four companies from home, while balancing her family schedule as well. Her books include: Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten!, The Spanish/English Edition iA Prepararse Para Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready For First Grade! They are used inside homes, preschools, head start programs, libraries and inside over 400 school districts, nationwide.

In addition to being an author and presenter, Kannenberg also blogs. She has created a national platform “Get Ready To Learn Mom” and her blog features “Let’s Get Ready” topics on education, parenting, product and book reviews, publishing and Mom Entrepreneurship.
She also does consulting work on the side to help support her publishing business. Kannenberg definitely suggests social networking as a key marketing tool. She is active on more than 40 networking sites. She has been on hundreds of radio shows, featured in over 30 magazines, 25 newspapers and over 30 television segments.
Her books can be found here, and her blogs can be found here and here.

As mom business owners we are ALWAYS looking for ways to network! This week, Holly from The Work at Home Woman contacted me about her Absolute Lovable Link Event. And, of course, we jumped at the chance to participate!

Simply click on the button above to visit. There are several women-run businesses and blogs listed! According to Holly, this event was created to help build relationships and to promote women-based businesses and blogs! So, what are you waiting for? Don’t worry, if you didn’t get the chance to have your business or blog listed, you can still participate. Just leave your name and info in a comment!

Thanks Holly for hosting a fun and beneficial event! Happy Friday!

Elaine over at the Miss Elaine-ous Life has been an affiliate for Announcements Galore for quite some time. To thank her for all her efforts (and to help promote AG and MM), we sponsored her registration fee to BlogHer ‘09. And, according to her, she had a great time and would definitely attend again.

The Miss Elaine-ous Life

This was Elaine’s first trip to BlogHer’s annual conference. And, she said she learned a lot. “I learned that most of us are blogging for the same reasons and right now a hot topic is doing reviews,” she said. {{Hear that ladies? Blogs are a GREAT way to get the word out about your products!}}

The conference was packed full of two days worth of seminars, speakers, swag and networking. One session even featured male and daddy bloggers. Elaine said that was probably her fave. Below are the founders of BlogHer giving their opening presentation.

Overall, she felt the event was beneficial and was able to meet some of her blogging friends in person and do quite a bit of networking. She said the push for swag was a bit strong at times, but everyone eventually calmed down as the conference got going.

Thanks Elaine for promoting AG and MM during your time in Chicago. We really appreciate it!
Reservations for BlogHer ‘10 are already being accepted. So, if you are a woman and you blog, you just might enjoy it. The 2010 event is being held in New York.

Here are a couple shots of flowers I’ve taken recently.
I thought the blog could use a little color! Happy WW!
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Rain drops ….

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Ok, I promised an exciting announcement today……….

As a tribute to all hard-working moms, Market Mommy:: The Blog is hosting a blog party the week of Labor Day (September 7 – 12). Each day (Monday – Saturday) will feature at least one mom-owned business and giveaway. It is going to be a very exciting week!

Not only will there be AT LEAST 6 great prizes to win, there will also be some great information. Mom business owners, just like yourself, will be sharing information about their companies and how they balance their business with raising their family at the same time.

You won’t want to miss it! Anyone will be eligible to enter to win the prizes, so start telling all of your friends about it now! Anyone who pre-registers by leaving a comment on this post will automatically have an extra entry in each giveaway! Be sure to notify your readers/subscribers/customers about the party!
Interested in being featured during the Labor Day Blog Party? Contact us to find out the requirements!