21 Successful Mom Entrepreneurs to Inspire You


With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a popular time to give thanks for all that moms have done. There are plenty of moms who have made a huge mark on the business world as well. Here are some successful mom entrepreneurs who might provide some inspiration for others this Mother’s Day.

Successful Mom Entrepreneurs

Jakki Liberman

The founder of Bumkins Finer Baby Products is a single mom of four kids. She originally started the business, which sells a variety of baby items and accessories like bibs and bags, because she wanted fun items that her kids would love that would also promote a healthy lifestyle. Now, Bumkins has even partnered with companies like Disney and DC Comics to include popular characters in the company’s products.

Maia Haag

I See Me! Is a multi-million dollar company that provides personalized books and gifts for kids. Haag, who co-founded the company with her husband Allan, has created dozens of stories that can be personalized for each child. So kids can insert themselves into every story and become the star.

Erin Schurtz

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When Schurtz first found out she was pregnant, she was concerned by some of the ingredients and warning labels on the protein bars and shakes that she used to consume. She wanted something to supplement her active lifestyle while still being safe during pregnancy. So she created Mommi, a daily supplement full of whey protein and prenatal vitamins.

Michele Welsh

Before founding SafetyTat, Welsh had an experience that a lot of parents are likely familiar with – that feeling of overwhelm when taking her kids to a crowded amusement park. So she wrote her cell phone number on their arms. And that’s where the idea for SafetyTat came from. The company provides temporary tattoos, labels and stickers that include your phone number and other relevant details.

Sally Jane Waite

Waite created her Sally Jane jewelry line after battling Stage IV colon cancer while seven months pregnant. The line features bumble bees as a main symbol in each piece. The idea is that aerodynamically bees should not be able to fly, but they do the seemingly impossible every day. So it’s a message of hope and inspiration. In addition, the company donates a portion of its profits to cancer research.

Jessica Kettle

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Jessica Kettle first broke into the world of photography after a college course. She started by taking photos of children and families, but soon after made her mark as a wedding photographer. She also has a husband and three children in the Salt Lake City area.

Lisa Greenwald

Before founding Chewbeads, Greenwald was an avid jewelry collector who worked in J. Crew’s merchandising department. Whenever she held babies, she noticed how drawn they were to her jewelry. So she decided to create a line that’s specifically made for babies to play with and chew on. The company now creates teething rings, rattles and even bath toys.

Jacqueline Smith

Busy moms understand how difficult it can be to get and keep a nice manicure. A mom of boys, Smith understood this struggle and worked to find a solution for quick at-home manicures. So she created Palisade, which is like a painter’s tape for nails. The product is now available in Sephora stores around the country.

Debra Cohen

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Cohen is the President of Home Remedies of NY and creator of the Homeowner Referral Network business model. A mother of two, Cohen wanted to create a way for homeowners to find pre-screened, reliable home improvement professionals. So she launched Home Remedies in 1997 and has since served thousands of homeowners.

Kwany Liu

The founder of Bundle Organics was a mom-to-be when she came up with the idea for her company. Her goal was to create a way to help moms stay healthy while helping with some of the common symptoms and ailments that go along with pregnancy and nursing. So Bundle Organics provides organic juices and teas made specifically for pregnant and nursing moms.

Barbara Edelstein

The co-founder of Partyology is also one of the country’s top radiologists. She found a way to balance her career and family life, while also helping to plan parties and events for family and friends. So that’s how she came up with the idea to start the Partyology party planning app.

Shayla Boyd-Gill

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Shayla Boyd-Gill is an entrepreneurial mom who has run several different businesses, from selling cheesecake to offering childbirth classes. She now offers business coaching services to help other entrepreneurial moms while also raising her five kids.

Allison O’Kelly

O’Kelly is the founder and CEO of Mom Corps, a national staffing organization for professionals seeking non-traditional careers. The idea is that busy moms can use it to find flexible or virtual options for employment so that they still have time to handle all the demands of taking care of busy families.

Julie Karlitz

The CEO of strap-its wanted to provide a way to keep teen girls fashionable without constantly exposing their bra straps. So the company creates a variety of fashionable straps that can be added to different outfits or tops.

Jill Salzman

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Salzman already ran multiple other businesses before starting The Founding Moms, a collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs. She also previously ran a music management firm and a line of baby accessories.

Lauren Anderson

Anderson and her husband James launched Made in Mechanicsville in January 2015. The company creates unique jewelry pieces from their small town of Mechanicsville, Virginia. They do all of this while also raising their baby daughter.

Nicole Davis

Davis is the founder and principal and Butler-Davis Tax & Accounting LLC. Before founding the business, she worked in senior accounting and financial reporting roles for other tax and accounting businesses. She is also the mother of four kids.

Susan Petersen

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The creator of Freshly Picked moccasins started her business because she was frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. She used some scrap leather that she bought at a garage sale to make her first moccasins, and tried them out on her own kids before eventually making Freshly Picked into a successful business.

Erica Zidel

Zidel started Sitting Around with co-founder Ted Tieken in 2010. The idea is to provide a platform for parents to trade babysitting services with other parents in their area. So everyone gets access to childcare that’s not outrageously expensive through babysitting cooperatives.

Lauren Thom

Thom is a single mother of three and the founder of Fleurty Girl, a retail business that sells clothing, accessories, home items and more. All of the items are inspired by New Orleans, where Thom resides and founded the business, and made by local New Orleanians.

Lisa Druxman

Druxman created an exercise routine for new moms after becoming a mom in 2001. Since then, her business, FIT4Mom, has launched numerous classes and events for moms or expectant moms aiming to stay fit and healthy.

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird, and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    Thumbs up for all these moms. Mothers have to juggle tasks between work and home. It is even more amazing if they have their own business.

  2. What a great article! I like the variety of businesses you covered. Mom’s ‘do it all’!

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