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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Latham Thomas | Tender Shoots Wellness
Company: Tender Shoots Wellness
Location: New York, New York
Children: Son, 7 â¢ Age: 30
Inspiration: Thomas’ background in cooking and nutrition eased her transition to pregnancy. “Other moms started asking me questions, so I began holding small classes in my living room on things like how to prepare foods that will help the milk supply,” she says. Things grew from there.
Perspiration: Using contacts from her previous job as a nutritional consultant, Thomas picked out services she thought would be most profitable, then established partnerships with local gyms and holistic life centers. “Once I took the leap into doing this full time [in 2006], I was trying to be supermom and I just couldn’t,” she says. “I had to force myself to share my ideas with people and most of the time they said, ‘Oh that sounds great! What can I do to help?’”
Success: With a little help from her friends, Thomas has grown Tender Shoots Wellness into a powerhouse facility that boasts recommendations from Dr. Oz and Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes. Thomas is currently writing her first book.