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Top 50 Mompreneurs, 2011

They cook, they clean and, between naptimes, they run kickass companies. For those who run their own mom-centric firms, the responsibilities of motherhood are only half the battle. Babble is running our first ever salute to the top 50 mompreneurs who pull all-nighters, suffer enormous financial set-backs, and balance business and baby every day to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Here's how they did it.
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Candace Alper | Name Your Tune

Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011: Candace Alper Name Your Tune

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Name Your Tune, customizable sing-along kids albums that contain songs with your child’s name.

Company: Name Your Tune

Location: Toronto, Canada

Children: Daughter, 8 ⢠Age: 37

Inspiration: “I used to sing songs to my daughter when we were playing and every now and then I would throw her name in,” Alper says. “Every time I did, her face would light up.” By August 2003, she started recording.

Perspiration: Alper fronted the initial funds and enlisted help from musician friends. Together they recorded 10 children’s songs to sell at holiday fairs. Alper was not expecting the strong response she got. “I thought it would pay a few bills and allow me to stay home with my daughter for a little bit longer,” she says. ” [But] when we started drawing from media, even celebrities, I knew we were onto something.”

Success: Since 2003, Name Your Tune has sold over 50,000 albums and boasts a wide roster of celebrity clients including Patrick Dempsey, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Soledad O’Brien, Adam Sandler, Debra Messing, Denise Richards and Tori Spelling.

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12 thoughts on “Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011

  1. Margaret Wheeler Johnson says:

    These women are amazing. Period.

  2. Sarah Bryden-Brown says:

    In need of inspiration — check out how these ladies mix it all up.

  3. Andrea Van Ness says:

    What an even bigger inspiration to be a part of these great Mompreneurs!

  4. meb077 says:

    The Carissa Rose clothing line is awesome, machine washable at that.

  5. Jada says:

    Why Mompreneurs? There’s no such thing as a dadpreneur? Why the special designation for women?

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  7. Nicki says:

    these moms make me jealous! i wish i had the energy and motivation to start a company while raising my kids! Kudos to all of them!!

  8. Kelsey Kleiman says:

    I look forward to reading about all of these women!

  9. Ailin Chen says:

    hmmm…..interesting…

  10. Shannah Coningburk says:

    Amazing women!

  11. Nungning says:

    and bagrging about a 30% approval rating???absolutly PATHETICabsolutly PATHETICremember clinton left with a 75% approval ratigread it and weep cons projecting once morebububbububub 30% bububububub 30%absolutly sadBush is back!! 30%

  12. Val says:

    Following from a blog hop! I’m a new foollwer and would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

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