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.
- Christina Couch
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Lisa Druxman | Stroller Strides
Company: Stroller Strides
Location: San Diego, California
Children: Son, 9, daughter, 5 â¢ Age: 40
Inspiration: Druxman got the idea for Stroller Strides while trying to lose her baby weight. “I was working out one day when I had that ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Druxman, who worked in the fitness industry for more than 10 years. “I [wanted] to devise a way to work out and have my baby near.”
Perspiration: Druxman started small by offering Stroller Strides classes in the San Diego area. Soon she was inundated with requests from all over the country to start classes. “We wanted to see if it would work in hot places, like Arizona, and cold places, like Jersey, so we started beta licenses in different locations,” she explains. “It took off so fast that it was almost impossible to balance being a stay-at-home mom. I eventually had to say ‘Ok, I need to hire people, delegate responsibilities when I can and find some sanity.’ That’s a hard thing to admit.”
Success: Stroller Strides has more than 1,200 locations across the U.S. and celebrated its 10th anniversary this past August.