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StartupNation would like to congratulate all of the amazing mom-owned businesses that participated in this yearâ€™s competition.
PJ Jonas is a homeschooling mom of eight children. She is also the founder of Goat Milk Stuff, which makes goat milk soap with the milk from their own dairy goats. The familyâ€™s adventures into soapmaking originated in 2006 out of PJâ€™s desire to not use chemicals on the childrenâ€™s skin.Â
All of the children play an age appropriate role in the business - from milking the goats, to bagging the soap, to packaging the orders, to answering the phones. While the children are learning the benefits of working hard, Goat Milk Stuffâ€™s customers are receiving a product that helps their dry and sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne or rosacea.
The company has grown tremendously in the past four years, having made over 350,000 bars of soap and having been featured on the "TODAY" show, "The Doctors" and in â€śOâ€ť, The Oprah magazine.
Baking is in Debra Barettaâ€™s genes. Mama Baretta's father was an immigrant baker from Italy, and she worked in his bakeries as a teenager. When her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, including wheat, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, garlic, lentils & green peas, it broke her heart to see him isolated from others at school, parties, and family functions. She was determined to make her son, healthy organic, delicious tasting baked goods that everyone could enjoy and share together while bringing back some of the traditional Italian foods she grew up with.
Mama Baretta is an organic baking company specializing in food sensitivities. They make award-winning baked goods that are endorsed by nutritionists as well as medical doctors. The company also donates a portion of proceeds to the Council on Aging for the Meals on Wheels Program in their local community.www.mamabaretta.com
Ittavi was founded by Sheri Atwood, a single mom, and Lorena Chiu, a mother of two. Ittavi seeks to end child support conflict by providing parents an expense management and bill payment application for child support.Â
Globally there are over 298 million parents who are exchanging over $990 billion dollars every year in child support. However, there is not a standard process or system to enable parents to manage this emotional and conflict-ridden process. Since child support is not just a single monthly payment but also a broad collection of shared expenses, parents must continually manage, communicate and negotiate over child related expenses. The entire process is complex, time-consuming and stressful. Ittavi seeks to eliminate child support conflict and enable collaboration between parents with an easy to use online application. Parents can now spend less time managing child support and more time focused on raising happy, healthy children.www.ittavi.com
Kimberly Marie Jarvis, co-owner of C. Jarvis Insurance Agency, has set the standard for International Equine and Bloodstock Insurance. An accomplished business woman, Kimberly has built her business into one of the foremost Insurance Agencies in the country, specializing in Equine, Liability and Farm & Ranch Insurance.
As a young woman, Kimberly started learning the family owned business throughout high school and college, eventually purchasing the agency, along with her Mother, Patricia Jarvis in 1986. The Jarvis Insurance Agency platform has grown to cover 6 continents, along with having some of the finest horse farms in the world among its valued clients.
Carolyn Wall is the President of NarrowStep™, North America. Having held top leadership positions at a number of the nation's most respected media companies, Wall has extensive branding, business development and senior management experience with some of the most respected media properties.
During her 11 years at News Corporation, Wall was Publisher of New York magazine, Executive Vice President of Murdoch Magazines, and Vice President/General Manager of New York television station Fox 5. As Publisher of Newsweek, Wall led strategic initiatives to develop and extend the brand.
Aliza is co-author of the book MOM, Incorporated. Named by NEWSWEEK as one of the "Top 50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet," Aliza is a web and social mobile pioneer, an international keynote speaker, author of nine books, and a digital strategist since 1992. She speaks around the world and writes about Internet, social media, the intersections of social and mobile, and womenâ€™s technology and business issues. You can find her at MediaEgg.com.
Danielle, co-author of the book MOM, Incorporated, is a storyteller, video correspondent, spokesperson, and speaker. Moving from her role as an award winning television news anchor and reporter into the world of social media, Danielle understands how â€™socialâ€™ and â€™mediaâ€™ intersect. Having founded both ExtraordinaryMommy.com and DanielleSmithMedia.com, Danielle has been featured on The CBS Early Show, Fox News, CNN and NPR.
Jeff Sloan is the co-founder of StartupNation and a life long entrepreneur. Jeff is also an accomplished inventor and has obtained patents for products that have been successfully brought to market, including The Battery BuddyÂ® which was licensed and brought to market by a Fortune 500 company.