100 mompreneurs and counting

It was longtime Raising Arizona Kids contributor Brittney Walker who came up with the idea of running a weekly feature on our website about local mothers who are running businesses.

Hard to believe we’ve already profiled 100 of them in our Monday RAK Mompreneur feature.

Brittney wrote the section for awhile, until she took a break to focus on family, community and church responsibilities. (We’re happy to say she’s got the writing bug again and has several assignments in the works.)

We gave the assignment to Brooke Mortensen, who interned with us right after she graduated from college in the spring of 2010 and continues to write for us as a freelancer.

Between the two of them, Brittney and Brooke have covered a wide range of mom-owned businesses. They’ve profiled photographers, jewelry makers, cooks/caterers/bakers and candy makers. They’ve interviewed moms who make fitness fun, moms who help other moms stay organized, moms with a knack for fashion — or finding deals, or dispensing advice — and even a “multi-mompreneur” who runs several businesses concurrently.

Certainly these moms are not lacking in energy, creativity or drive. They are a diverse bunch from all kinds of backgrounds. Each has a unique and interesting story of the journey that brought her to this place in life. But there are two things  that unite them all: passion for what they do and the desire to live life on their own terms so they can keep family as their first and most important priority.

As one of the Valley’s veteran mompreneurs (we started Raising Arizona Kids 22 years ago in my then-2-year-old’s nursery), I have great respect for those priorities and a deep and empathetic appreciation for how terribly challenging it can be to live up to them.

There is nothing harder than being a mom. And there are few things harder than running a business. When you’re trying to do both, your highs are very high and  your lows are frighteningly low. On your worst days, you are ruled by questions and doubt. You wonder why you keep at it. On your best days, you feel enormous pride and a deep sense of fulfillment.

And when you’ve been at it as long as I have, you start to gain a sense of the bigger picture. It’s not just about building a business. It’s about building a community — a family of people who care about something just as deeply as you do and sometimes even more. People who have developed their own threads of friendship and meaning within a context of shared purpose that wouldn’t even exist if someone hadn’t thought, “I wonder if I could…?”

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2 responses to “100 mompreneurs and counting

  1. Thank you so much for the special work you have done over the years. I wanted to let you know about a new business venture my very good friend has taken on here in the valley. She just last month despite the economy opened up a Boutique in Chandler by Dolce Salon called Modern Mommy Boutique. It is truly a one of a kind. She managed Mother’s Milk Boutique for years, when it closed she was devastated. She then decided to take what she had learned working their and make something fabulous and she has. She is so knowledgeable of the mother and baby market. It is treally a place for women to meet and discuss the common stages they are faces with newborns and pregnancy. She is offering breastfeeding support and classes as well as amazing products. I am hopeful you might take an interest in showcasing her company. I am helping her get the word and would love to work with you in any way possible. She is having a big grand opening April 9, where she will be giving away over 80 amazing prizes, having a complimentary breastfeeding class and entertainment for the little ones.
    Thanks for your time,
    Riley Palmer

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