I was so excited for my appearance on the Today Show this morning to talk about one of my favorite subjects…momtrepreneurs! We had the opportunity to chat with three awesome guests who balance family with business (and somehow make it all look easy!) These three women are so inspiring. Find out more about them and watch our fun interview below. Stay tuned for more Moonfrye “momtreprenuer” spotlights coming soon, and please share your Momtrepreneur story with us in the comments.
Julie Cole is a mother of six–and a co-founding vice president of multi-million dollar company Mabel’s Labels. Talk about a balancing act! After Julie’s oldest child was diagnosed with autism, she put her legal career on hold to create a business that would let her spend more time at home and allow a better work/life balance. Mabel’s Labels started with an investment of just $2,375 each from four founders, all of whom were moms. In the early days, Julie would work until 3AM in her sister’s basement making labels, and then get up with her children at 6AM. Julie credits social media for providing a “vast, varied sisterhood” that offers emotional and practical support for working moms.
Gay Wheeler-Smith is the CEO of G&K Sweet Foods, a New York-based company that manufactures and sells “legacy ‘licious” desserts, including their legendary gourmet sweet potato pies and chocolate chip cookies. Growing up, Gay’s sweetest childhood memories were in warm kitchens where laughter, wisdom, and secret family recipes were shared around the table. After learning to bake the traditional Southern recipes herself at a young age, Gay dreamed of sharing her favorite homestyle desserts with the rest of the world. Gay started her MWBE (Minority Women’s Business Enterprise) with her friend Kecia Palmer-Cousins. Gay’s daughter was a sophomore in high school and Kecia’s two sons were just toddlers. Juggling motherhood, a fledgling business and full time jobs is no easy task, but Gay’s company continues to expand and flourish, with merchants selling their products throughout Westchester County and a flourishing online business.
Kecia Palmer-Cousins is the Chief Operating Office (COO) of G&K Sweet Foods. She is a partner of G&K Sweet Foods, LLC, a New York LLC and NYC & NYS Certified MWBE (Minority Women’s Business Enterprise) food company, specializing in the commercial manufacturing of fully baked, frozen small and large sweet potato pies for the wholesale and retail markets. Kecia inherited her entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, father, uncles and cousins who have owned a variety of small, family owned businesses, from fish markets/restaurants, daycare centers and moving/ construction businesses. Kecia is married to her best friend and husband Kevin Cousins. She is also the daughter-in-law of the Honorable NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Images courtesy of TODAY.