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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Cinnamon Bowser | Nail Taxi
Company: Nail Taxi
Location: Washington DC
Children: Daughter, 9, two sons, 3 and 6 â¢ Age: 40
Inspiration: One of Bowser’s friends was pregnant in 2003 and wanted to get a pedicure before she delivered. Bowser was on maternity leave with her first child at the time, and there was no way either of them could get to the salon. Bowser had no luck finding a company who would come to them, so she started her own.
Perspiration: Bowser says preparation was the hardest part. While working full-time, Bowser spent two years doing the research and business-plan writing necessary to get Nail Taxi off the ground. She also took a 12-week night class through a local women’s business center to learn the basics of management and entrepreneurship. “I read everything I could on opening your own salon and I asked anyone, everyone, any question I had,” she says. “I had to make it work because I didn’t have the luxury of taking six months to get the company started. I needed to start making money as soon as I left my job.” With the support (and babysitting services) of her husband and mother, Bowser launched the company in 2005.
Success: Today Nail Taxi has expanded to six cities nationwide and provides services for New York fashion week.