Moms in business seem to lack the much-deserved credit that is certainly due. Balancing motherhood, family, higher education and business endeavors is no easy task for one person to handle. Today, there are plenty of businesses run and operated by hard-working mothers who make huge impacts on the business world. Here are five successful mom entrepreneurs who are sure to inspire anyone, because mothers should be celebrated every day.
Shayla Boyd-Gill is an entrepreneur and mother of five who provides specialized business coaching for fellow entrepreneurial women to get motivated and inspired. Boyd-Gill enjoys speaking to family-centered women entrepreneurs who seek to shift their mindsets and attitudes to get their businesses on the move. She has spoken at multiple events including Black Women Millionaire’s Virtual Salon, Live Experience, Whole Woman Symposium, Playtime Is Over, and many more.
Lynnette Abbot is a mother of two who found her way to entrepreneurship by creating a party supply business for children of color. As a mother, she discovered the need for diversity in party supplies and saw the opportunity to create party supplies for families who frantically searched for kids party supplies that represented black and brown communities. She decided to quit her job with the federal government and pursue a bigger calling to incorporate and run her business, Craft My Occasion, full time.
Ozi Okaro is a mother who found and understood the challenges of finding toys and dolls specifically for children of color. In the fall of 2015, she took the leap and launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover production costs for her line of toys witch totaled $36K. From her successful campaign run, she finally founded her beloved ‘Ikuzi Dolls’ line. “One of my daughters has dark brown skin and the other has light brown skin. I couldn’t find dolls for each of them individually, so I created them myself” said Okaro in an interview.
Maria Kang is a mother of three, owner of a senior care home, and founder of the nonprofit organization, Fitness Without Borders. Her passion for fitness comes from her childhood challenges with malnutrition and unhealthy food choices. Kang began her journey by correcting her eating habits and teaching aerobics classes coming out of high school and into college. Since she’d been taking her health seriously, she’s won several fitness and beauty titles including Miss San Francisco Chinatown, Miss Philippines USA, Miss Bikini California, and many more.
Savvy Simon is a mompreneur and the first native woman to reach the Diamond rank as an essential oil educator at dōTERRA International. She and her Mother Earth Medicine team have helped over two thousand individuals with natural healing practices since the beginning of her journey. Her brand works with a team of health professionals to aid her community through health and wellness, with influences from her ancestors. Simon, a TedX and WE DAY Halifax speaker, has also been named a Top 40 Female Change Maker in Canada.