Portland Mamas Inc.
Life as a mama entrepreneur is a little hectic, super insane, and absolutely 110% the best thing I have ever chosen to do (oh, besides the getting married and having a child part of my life :).
When I quit my FT++ office job at the end of last July, I had four goals: launch Event Bliss (check), launch SchotlandPR (check), start the Moms for Hillary 2008 campaign with help from friends at the DNC in DC (scratched this - I've now decided to vote for my dog in '08 because there are no viable candidates in any party. But I digress...), and start a networking/resource organization for mom entrepreneurs. Enter Portland Mamas Inc.
Portland Mamas Inc. is a place where mom entrepreneurs can share resources, ideas, and ask questions that will be answered by other mom entrepreneurs with expertise in various fields. We'll touch on topics from funding (I didn't forget our conversation Karen!) to marketing/pr/advertising, from the elusive work/life balance to legal issues, from product packaging to logo design. Portland Mamas Inc. will roll out first as a blogging community later this spring/summer. Monthly meetings with targeted topics will hopefully follow shortly thereafter, followed by a bi-monthly newsletter. Non-profit status will hopefully be attained sometime next year.
I know there are a ton of mom entrepreneurs out there, and many of you thinking about making the big leap. My own businesses are thriving in large part because of the knowledge, the support and the assistance so graciously given to me by other mama entrepreneurs. This is one small way I want to give back: to bring this community with our unique needs closer together, so we can help each other succeed in every aspect of our lives.
Please feel free to visit www.portlandmamasinc.org and send me an email if you are interested in contributing, being on the mailing list, etc. So far we've snagged Robyn from Portland at Play/Folklore Media and Kathi O'Neil from Portland Picks and Westover Media as contributing bloggers. I just designed the logo and did the temp home page this afternoon so the site is sparse now. Please send me your ideas for topics & speakers, your thoughts on how to make it work, what you would like to get out of this organization, and anything else you have on your mind.