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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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Karen Klayman | Student at the Wheel

Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011: Karen Klayman Student at the Wheel

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Student at the Wheel, magnets and decals parents can put on their cars to alert other drivers that a student driver is behind the wheel.

Company: Student at the Wheel

Location: Solebury, Pennsylvania

Children: Two sons, 20 and 22, daughter, 15 ⢠Age: 49

Inspiration: “What inspired me was having two boys going through the process of getting their drivers licenses, and having people honk, tailgate and bother them,” says Klayman. “When I talked to other parents, I heard that kids weren’t getting their licenses because they were too uncomfortable behind the wheel. I thought, ‘I can do something about this.’”

Perspiration: Klayman launched her business in 2008 – right in the middle of the recession. So while the product was easy to make, it was hard to find stores to sell it. “Everyone was scaling back. Nobody from the corporate world wanted to talk to us,” Klayman says.

Success: She finally hit it big with Cracker Barrel, a national store and restaurant chain that carried her product as part of a student driving promotion it was running. 29,000 of the 33,000 decals sold that year were sold through Cracker Barrel, Klayman says.

Two years after the company’s launch, she’s still fighting to get Student at the Wheel in front of the right people.

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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:

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  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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