Today Show Momtrepreneurs!

todayshow_women_new

I was so excited for my appearance on the Today Show this morning to talk about one of my favorite subjects…momtrepreneurs! We had the opportunity to chat with three awesome guests who balance family with business (and somehow make it all look easy!) These three women are so inspiring. Find out more about them and watch our fun interview below. Stay tuned for more Moonfrye “momtreprenuer” spotlights coming soon, and please share your Momtrepreneur story with us in the comments.

 
cole_new

Julie Cole is a mother of six–and a co-founding vice president of multi-million dollar company Mabel’s Labels. Talk about a balancing act! After Julie’s oldest child was diagnosed with autism, she put her legal career on hold to create a business that would let her spend more time at home and allow a better work/life balance. Mabel’s Labels started with an investment of just $2,375 each from four founders, all of whom were moms. In the early days, Julie would work until 3AM in her sister’s basement making labels, and then get up with her children at 6AM. Julie credits social media for providing a “vast, varied sisterhood” that offers emotional and practical support for working moms.

gk_new

Gay Wheeler-Smith is the CEO of G&K Sweet Foods,  a New York-based company that manufactures and sells “legacy ‘licious” desserts, including their legendary gourmet sweet potato pies and chocolate chip cookies. Growing up, Gay’s sweetest childhood memories were in warm kitchens where laughter, wisdom, and secret family recipes were shared around the table. After learning to bake the traditional Southern recipes herself at a young age, Gay dreamed of sharing her favorite homestyle desserts with the rest of the world. Gay started her MWBE (Minority Women’s Business Enterprise) with her friend Kecia Palmer-Cousins. Gay’s daughter was a sophomore in high school and Kecia’s two sons were just toddlers. Juggling motherhood, a fledgling business and full time jobs is no easy task, but Gay’s company continues to expand and flourish, with merchants selling their products throughout Westchester County and a flourishing online business. 

Kecia Palmer-Cousins is the Chief Operating Office (COO) of G&K Sweet Foods. She is a partner of G&K Sweet Foods, LLC, a New York LLC and NYC & NYS Certified MWBE (Minority Women’s Business Enterprise) food company, specializing in the commercial manufacturing of fully baked, frozen small and large sweet potato pies for the wholesale and retail markets. Kecia inherited her entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, father, uncles and cousins who have owned a variety of small, family owned businesses, from fish markets/restaurants, daycare centers and moving/ construction businesses. Kecia is married to her best friend and husband Kevin Cousins. She is also the daughter-in-law of the Honorable NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Images courtesy of TODAY.

 

6 comments responses to "Today Show Momtrepreneurs!"

  • Hello Soleil,

    My name is Brenda and I am the co-owner of Skinny Kosher Creations LLC. I want to start by saying that I was a fan of you as a child and even more so now to see how you have grown into this amazing woman with a strong sense of family and business! Your family must be so proud!!
    I came accross your Momtrepeneur segment and was wowed and how many women are juggeling both business and motherhood like myself! Witnessing your exitement for these womens business acheivments, inspired me to reach out to you.

    We are a new business who had a soft launch of our products at KosherFest in November 2012 . We were featured in the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 most unique products of the show itself. Our business created shelf stable Kosher Parve meals and delicious energy bars.

    The inspiration behind the creation of our company came about while vacationing a few years ago. We found it challenging to find healthy, low calorie kosher options for meal times. Following our vacation, we did extensive research and soon discovered that there was really nothing out there that was convenient, healthy, tasty, nutritious and lower in calories!
    Thus…Skinny Kosher Creations was born! We created delicious low calorie meals with distinct packaging for both “Him” and “Her”. Our meals are ideal for those seeking shelf stable Weight loss cuisne that is kosher, Vegan and ideal for those who are lactose intolerant.

    At Skinny Kosher Creations, our goal is to continually develop our product line. While our Kosher , Vegan non dairy options have been popular, we decided that meeting the Gluten Free demand was also vital to our growth. Therefore we are proud to have introduced three new flavors of energy bars which are not only Kosher and Vegan but also Gluten, dairy and Nut free. (See attachment). Our new bars have been met with great excitement and are scheduled to be sold in retail stores accross the country in the next few months. I would love to send you some samples. Should you be interested, please feel free to reach out to me. In the meantime, I will continue to tune into your wonderful Momtrepeneur segments that continue to inspire me. Great Job Soleil with all of your well deserved success!!

    posted by: Brenda on April 15, 2013

  • I am at the beginning of a year long sabbatical from my career due to the realization that I was struggling to balance work and family. In the first two months I’ve realized I’m not interested in the “9 to 5″ world anymore. I’ve started to organize my business ideas and am hoping to launch in mid-April. These stories are inspiring. As are you. Thank you.

    posted by: skinnyseahorse on March 1, 2013

  • My newest venture is http://www.oogiah.com. OOGIAH means cookie in Hebrew and we provide a site full of great spots for Jewish kids all over the US! From temples and preschools to play groups and kosher foods, we’ve got you covered. It’s a great resource for Jewish families who will be moving or traveling.

    posted by: Rachel Teichman on February 28, 2013

  • Thanks for your responses! Keep them coming! Soleil

    posted by: Soleil on February 28, 2013

  • I finally launched my dream career and business in November of 2012 and it has been both challenging and exhilarating. I had my first child in August of 2012 and was initially overwhelmed with responsibility of being a new parent and a new business owner. It has been six months since my child’s birth, and I am just now finding my groove in balancing both entrepreneurship and motherhood. My support system mainly consists of my husband, with occasional help from with siblings, but the lack of a good support system has really impeded the consistency of my work toward promoting my business and getting everything organized so that I can be the social entrepreneur that I know I was meant to be. But, I will make it, because I refuse to give up knowing that if I continue to work hard, I will achieve my big break. Here’s to a prosperous future.

    posted by: Jean Lon Ruuch on February 28, 2013

  • Warm and energetic segment this morning, I loved the unique spin you brought to the topic! I launched my business in January of 2008 and fled from the indoor gyms to create Tread Powerfully, an outdoor power walking/muscle circuit unique brand which caught on like wildfire and has now morphed into a large fitness organization inspiring community, connection and a “just enough” mantra focused on “self-kindness, not punishment”. All of this after returning to Canada with my family from a successful business career that took me to the CT/NY area! I love this theory, “look at what you loved at age 12…that is what you are meant to do as an adult”. It was true for me…just took me a while to come back to it!

    posted by: Sue Abell on February 28, 2013