The 7 Secrets to Taking the Leap from Having a Business to OWNING Your Business

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 8.49.26 AMI hope by now that you have all had the chance to sign up for the FREE 7 Secrets video series. If not, what are you waiting for?!

Join me on July 25th where we’ll be continuing our conversation about what it is to own a business while putting family first. This interactive experience is going to perfectly compliment what we’ve already gone over in our 7 Secrets video series, teaching you to go from having a business to OWNING your business.

If you’ve watched our 7 Secrets video series, you’ve learned the answers to common questions such as how to make great money while putting family first, how to grow your business, or finding the fun factor in your business again.

If you haven’t watched the series already, you won’t want to miss this bonus content that’s sure to leave you rejuvenated in your approach to tackling the world of business.

These 7 Secrets are designed to help you avoid frustration in your career, showing you how to overcome the most common business burnouts that face mompreneurs today.

Of course, the webinar will differ from the video series in one distinct way; you’ll be able to interact with us and ask your questions directly. It’s the perfect opportunity to get personalized answers from mompreneurs who have struggled with these challenges firsthand!

Smash your glass ceiling. Lead your business with a love for your product or service. Shed that mom-guilt you’ve been harboring. Find your passion and focus by connecting with other mompreneurs just like you this Thursday at 12 noon Eastern. For sixty minutes, you’ll be able to hear and share the most helpful advice we’ve found while owning a business and raising a family, plus be a part of the continuing conversation about embracing the 7 Secrets and making them work for you.

Sign up HERE to be a part of this very exclusive FREE webinar happening Thursday, July 25th from noon to 1pm!

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One day of focus to Get It Done

Summer is no longer tomorrow… eeek… it’s today. We are already experiencing the mompreneur dance of having kids home and trying to work. It’s not so productive.

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Do you have projects planned for this summer that need to get done? Not sure when you can fit it in? Have you been procrastinating on a business related project that will help your business grow?

Ladies, I can suggest topics, actions, and projects all day long I know are valuable for growing your business. Now it’s time for you to set the agenda for what YOU know NEEDS to happen this summer to increase your success as a mompreneur. We are here to support you.

Introducing: Mom Biz Get It Done Days

Join me and my Mom Biz Retreat co-founder, Shelagh Cummins, for a one-day virtual workshop this summer! We have three Get It Done Days scheduled this summer–opportunities for you to clear your calendar for a single day to stay focused and accountable on the projects you need to get done.

Stop thinking you are going to squeeze that important project in between sprinkler time and nap time. Be intentional and register for 1, 2 or all 3 of our Get It Done Day Virtual workshops.

Register now!

Our first Summer Mom Biz Get It Done Day is on Monday, June 25th! Get the details here and register asap to reserve your spot! As soon as you register, we’ll send you the Get It Done Day workbook (PDF file) which has all the info you need to prepare for your powerful work day.

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What Mom Biz Retreat is REALLY All About

I just returned from hosting Mom Biz Retreat in Denver last weekend, and as usual when I experience something wonderful, I always want to share it with everyone I know. denver


But I’ve been stuck for days trying to figure out how to summarize all that happened in that powerful weekend. I initially thought I’d write a sort of journal entry that touched on everything we did over the three nights and three days together. But telling you all about the amazing food we ate, the fantastic spa treatments we received, the powerful work sessions we had and the deep conversations that kept us up too late each night won’t capture the essence of the Retreat experience.

So let me pull back the curtain and tell you what really happens at the Mom Biz Retreat.

We are small.

There are so many live events out there that aim to be the most popular. They need 300, 500, or 1,000 attendees to consider themselves successful. Our mission is to provide an intimate, close-knit group of women who really get to know each other and reach out to support each other. We listen to each woman share her goals, her plans, her fears. We ask probing questions. We offer honest feedback. With a tiny group of women, no one can get lost or left out. We are able to hold each and every participant in the Retreats responsible for the goals she sets for herself for the weekend. We get things done.

We make a few confessions.

When girls gather, work together all day, then play together all evening, we tend to open up and share more than we would in a big group. Trusting bonds are formed. We see ourselves in each other. We understand how each other feels. We realize how some of our limiting beliefs are keeping us from being successful, from playing a bigger game, or from getting what we really want.

It’s amazing how freeing it can be to admit the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves, beliefs like:

  • “I really should just be happy with my corporate job since I make plenty of money.”
  • “I’m embarrassed about how much money I make because it means I’m working too much and neglecting my kids.”
  • “In my heart I want to help everybody, not just rich people, so I have to keep my fees low.”
  • “How can I call myself an expert when I don’t have a fraction of the clients, followers, or fans that x——— does?”
  • “Money is tight, so I have to keep doing work I hate in order to make ends meet.”
  • “I’m drowning in work right now, but I can’t outsource anything because it’s too hard to explain what I do.”

We make big plans.

Once we admit those scary beliefs that are keeping us down, we have the golden opportunity to let go of them and replace them with awesome, huge, inspiring beliefs. We encourage each other to try something we didn’t think we could. We ask each other to ask for more. We practice declaring who we are, what we do, who we serve and why it matters. We raise our rates and charge what we’re really worth. We ask for help in creating the support structures and systems that allow us to accomplish our dreams.

We leave empowered and confident.

We girls like to lift each other up. We like to help each other. How can you not feel more confident when you’ve shared your big, hairy, scary fears with a group of women business owners who have also shared theirs, and who still think you’re amazing anyway?

Shelagh and I have created the kind of event we want to attend ourselves. It’s an honor to get to spend a weekend amidst women committed to running a business and a family according to their own definition of success.

Is it time for you to let go of those limiting beliefs that are keeping you from achieving your goals? What could you do with a strong, honest, powerful network of women entrepreneurs who you know have your back? Grab your seat now before they’re all gone: and click on Ontario for the next Retreat coming up in September.


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Smartphones Make Women Smarter

Metro Detroit women without a smartphone – this event is for you. Have you been resisting giving up your basic phone because smartphones seem too overwhelming? Or, are you ready to kick your basic phone to the curb but haven’t had time to find the best smartphone for you? If either of those scenarios sound familiar, keep reading. Especially since we’ve got a special offer for 25 local women to try out a smartphone for 30 days–for FREE!

I’m a HUGE advocate for women (especially those who run businesses while running a family) to use cool, easy tech to save time, money, effort and hassle. I’m NOT one of those people who has to have all the latest and greatest tech gadgets just because. Instead, I always look for tech tools that make sense for a busy mom entrepreneur like me.

Live Learning & Sharing Event

That’s why I’ve partnered with Verizon Wireless to host an interactive smartphone session on May 30 from 7-9 p.m. to help local Michigan moms see the awesomeness that smartphones are.

I held out buying my first smartphone until February last year. I was hung up on the cost and was worried that everyone just wanted one because it was the “in thing” among us moms. Um, wrong!

Sure, my iPhone is cool and all, but it’s what this palm-sized super hero does for me that makes me such a fan.

Smartphone = Freedom

Here are just a few of the things my smartphone has replaced, if not permanently, then at least when I’m on the go, giving me an amazing sense of freedom and flexibility to manage my life and my businesses, run my household and keep my kids happy) :

(telephone, computer, radio, DVD player,movies, flashlight, to do list, alarm clock, grocery list, photo albums, business check book, post it notes, coloring books, scanner, calendar, books, board games)

I traded that pile above for this:

Who can argue with that? With your smartphone, you have an enormous amount of power right at your fingertips. You’ll be more organized, more in control of your to-do’s and your time, and have a much lighter load to carry.

I’m inviting 25 Metro Detroit women to join us at a one-time special “Get Smart” session on Wednesday, May 30th at the Verizon Wireless store located at:

3035 S. Rochester Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

At this event, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Check out some of the hottest new Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphones.
  • Learn from me exactly how I use my smartphone to solve everyday business problems, stay connected with my team, make my kids smarter and my husband love me :-).
  • Learn from Verizon Wireless data reps how to operate the phones–easy peasy.
  • Discover all the cool apps to use for work, family and fun. You won’t believe all your smartphone can do with these!
  • Ask me and the Verizon Wireless data folks questions anything you want to know about using a smartphone.

Food and drinks will be provided.

The best part? You’ll walk away from the event with a 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless to trial for free for 30 days to see firsthand how a smartphone truly makes a difference in your life.

Attend and Get Your Trial Smartphone

Space is limited to 25 attendees. Want a chance to try out a top-of-the-line smartphone for free and learn how to use it? Great! Apply to attend by commenting below. Make sure you give us your name and email address so we can get in touch with you to confirm your attendance. Then tell us which basic phone you’re currently using and what you hope to get out of the event.

Please note – this event will be specifically tailored to women who do not currently have smartphones and will not be beneficial to those who do. Please do not apply to attend if you already have one. Instead, send one of your friends who you know needs a smartphone! Moms don’t let their mom friends struggle, right?

We will notify attendees via email.

What You Need to Do

So to re-cap:

  • Leave a comment below with your name, email, the type of basic phone you’re currently using and what you expect from attending this event.
  • Grab a friend who needs to get herself a smartphone and have her apply to attend, too!
  • Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 30, from 7-9pm to come listen, learn, chill out with some other cool women.
  • Get a brand-spanking new smartphone set up and ready to go at the event.
  • Take home your very own Verizon smartphone to try out for 30 days for FREE!

Questions? I’m happy to answer them. Just email me directly –

I am grateful that Verizon Wireless is helping me spread the message about how smartphones help women entrepreneurs. Although they are compensating me for my time, my desire to work with them on this initiative comes from my being a longtime Verizon customer who swears she could make it on a deserted island as long as her iPhone could connect to a cell tower.

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