Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a chance to give back and impact your community through donations, volunteerism, and helping others.
In addition to running their own businesses, some mom business owners also run their own non-profits as a way to further give back to their communities.
We hope you'll take the time to learn more about and support these MOB non-profits.
Curvy Chic Closet Foundation
Curvy Chic Closet Foundation’s mission is to empower and inspire plus-size individuals to be their best selves through addressing how to overcome body obstacles and developing strong, body-positive advocacy for all.
Founded by Becky Jarvis, the nonprofit was created when Becky realized how many people were sharing their personal stories of how they were beginning to overcome body image obstacles and their desire to be role models for younger generations.
The Curvy Chic Closet Foundation promotes self-confidence and self-love through biannual fashion shows, model boot camps, empowerment photo shoots, mentoring programs, and by showcasing designers that design plus-size fashion.
After unexpectedly losing her youngest son Amanda Drews received both financial and emotional support. She now hopes to help other parents in the same position receive that same level of support through Buzzy's Bees.
RISE (Re-Inventing Social Enterprise)
RISE was started by four founding members (three of whom are moms) that have a deep love and connection to the underserved population of young people and families in the Beaverton area.
While directly working with this population in high schools, there was a direct need that was recognized which wasn't being served: these students needed deep connection, cultural representation in their mentors and adults that would invest their time, resources and energy to counteract the inequities that impact our local students, young people and families.
RISE aims to enhance the richness of its local diverse community through relationships, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and opportunity enhancement. It is student led with members/mentors as guides and providers of opportunities.
Ima (Love) By Design International
Ima (Love) By Design International exists to raise awareness about global poverty and invest in integrated solutions to end it while promoting international service and volunteerism.
Recognizing that uplifting women is the key to ending poverty, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, they work to provide support and form partnerships with women.
Every year, Ima (Love) By Design International selects a project through which they can help fund the training for women and provide scholarships for their children to attend school.
We're about to make your holiday shopping so easy!
We like to say "There's a MOB for that" because we know that whatever business or service you're looking for...there's a MOB that does it, makes it, or sells it.
We hope you'll support woman and mom-owned businesses all year - this list is just a starting point.
You can shop hundreds of MOBs on our national directory of mom-owned businesses.
Gifts For Kids
This collection of gifts for kids has something special in almost every age range!
Whether your looking a gift for an adventurous toddler or something for your favorite tween gamer, you'll find something fun!
Upcycled Crayons from Heather's Treasures
Made from non-toxic crayons, these colorful upcycled crayons are perfect for little hands.
Available styles include Paws, Eggs and Chicks, Beach theme, Stars, Hearts and Santa & Reindeers.
$1.50 to $8.00 depending on quantity ordered.
Among Us Inspired Beanie from SarseySeams
If you have an Among Us fan in your house, you'll want to order one of these soft cozy hats!
Order a beanie, beanie with ear flaps, or beanie with ear flaps and braids.
Made with 100% acrylic yarn for easy care - machine wash and/or dry.
Monthly Subscription from Little Minds Learning Box
Little Minds Learning Box is a fun, engaging monthly subscription box designed to strengthen your child’s development skills.
Themed activity boxes cover a variety of development areas including both academic and childhood skills.
Nature Rocks Kid Tee from Adorned in Daisies
Adorned in Daisies offers "eco-conscious clothes for the modern hippie" and this shirt is no exception!
Let your little one express themselves with flair knowing it was made in-house with only high quality, non-toxic inks!
Super soft tri-blend tee (50% polyester / 25% cotton / 25% rayon).
Available in sized 4T, 5T, and 6-8
Ava Bow from Lucky Penny Designs
The Ava bow is your new favorite bow! It's so simple but adorable! Made from a watercolor floral faux leather paired with a chunky blue glitter middle piece and available in a 3.5" bow or a 5.5" bow.
$6 to $8 depending on size
Gifts for Moms
This collection of holiday gifts for moms is packed with ways to pamper and spoil your favorite mom!
Ola Oil All Purpose Dry Oil from Ouli’s Ointment
True R&R is close at hand!
Ouli's Ointment products allow you to simplify your routine without sacrificing the care or soothing results.
Ola Oil is so versatile that it can be used as a facial oil to promote healthy skin, a body/massage oil, a scented bath oil to relax, a cleansing oil, or combine it with salt for a scalp scrub.
CBD Bath Bombs from Cherry River
These bath bombs promise to transport the moms in your life from their bathroom to a magical world of bubbles and relaxation. Cherry River bath bombs don't just fizz - they also bubble!
Their signature bubble bath bombs are packed with 100 mg of our full spectrum CBD, promising a luxurious bath to help calm nerves and soothe pain.
Available in six colors/scents
Gift Certificate for Boudoir Photography from Brittney Corey Photography in Vancouver, Washington
A boudoir photography session is an EXPERIENCE! It’s an opportunity for your wife/girlfriend/partner to get all “made up” with fun lingerie and professional make up! When’s the last time that she really had the opportunity to get pampered, relax, have fun, and celebrate being herself?
Starts at $750
Luxury Facial Bar from Lion & Rose Soap
This handmade facial bar is a treat!
Crafted with organic rose petals, organic ancient volcanic mud, and scented with ylang ylang, this decadent and gentle facial cleansing and moisturizing bar is a luxury to enjoy.
2021 Wall Calendar from Malaina Kinne Photography
Enjoy twelve months of bright, colorful photography with this 2021 Flower Wall Calendar.
This makes a great gift for moms who love to garden, who enjoy the beauty of flowers, and who want to look forward to a new year!
Calendars are made of thick card stock to last all year long.
Macrame Handbag from Blackthorn Mercantile
Handcrafted from hemp fiber by women communities in the Philippines.
This versatile bag is perfect for casual days - from trips to the beach to grocery shopping.
Material: hemp fiber, wood handles
Dimensions: 11" x 17"
Gift Certificate to Frenchies Modern Nail Care in Portland, Oregon
Moms deserve some pampering & self-care always, and especially this holidays season. Frenchies Modern Nail Salon is fun, professional, and posh.
She'll love the Frenchies difference!
Available starting at $25
Love More: 50+ Ways to Build Joy Into Childhood by Shannon Loucks
This sweet book gives moms permission to relax into loving their children.
Designed to be flipped through, the chapters are short and can be read in just a few minutes - a great way to get inspiration or a fresh perspective. This book spreads joy in every house it lands in.
Virtual Prenatal & PostPartum Yoga & Fitness Classes from Ready Set Grow
Ready Set Grow's virtual prenatal and postpartum yoga and fitness classes are the perfect gift for new and expecting parents.
Classes are live streamed with recordings available.
Classes available in packs, with gift certificates, or through membership.
Starting at $30
Heritage Art Earrings from Royaboya Handmade
Playful, vibrant handmade jewelry made with cotton and clay!
Heritage arts meets contemporary fashion, and intricate, one-of-a-kind details! Perfect gift to show someone that you know what they love.
Starting at $18
Sold through Royaboya Handmade Bazaar
Join here for availability and to order
IsaLean Shake from Isagenix
This soy free, gluten free superfood meal replacement is packed with flavor and gives users the nutrients they need to support healthy weight loss, lean muscle building, and a better lifestyle.
From $62.95/14 servings
Gifts for Dads, Partners, & Spouses
When we say "there's a MOB for that" we mean it!
You can find some fantastic gifts for dads, partners, and spouses here!
Dessous de Verre Varietal Collection from Honey & Coupe
Four aged leather, 5” x 5” cocktail mats in warm buckwheat honey tones.
Bringing to mind the old English standard, the Saddle hides are designed for the aficionado; the liquor minded.
Choose Secretariat for a grain finish or Cantle for a smooth one, each is branded with the signature HC diamond and beautifully packaged with a complementary cocktail recipe. Perfect for the “most interesting man in the world”.
Vinyl Records from RedFred Collective
Vinyl is making a comeback and RedFred Collective, located in Gresham, Oregon has what you need for the vinyl lover in your life!
Call for selection & availability
Massage Gift Certificate from Sherwood Massage in Sherwood, Oregon
How about a massage gift certificate for the sporty, active, and hard-working person in your life?
Sherwood Massage specializes in integrative massage therapy for chronic pain and sports performance. Every massage treatment is always fully personalized, blending techniques including deep tissue and sports massage, myofascial release, trigger point work, cupping, and stretching. Whether it's a focused session for specific pain, aimed at aiding muscle recovery from sports, or an all-over tension reliever, massage is always a great gift!
Starting at $75
Man Bundle from MIG
This is a great bundle for the hardworking dad in your life!
Muscle balm for sore bodies, all over soap and a multipurpose oil.
Clean + toxin free.
Gifts for Coworkers and Employees
Holiday gift giving for co-workers and employees can be challenging. You want something thoughtful and unique, but still fun.
In this gift collection you'll find tasty gift boxes, group activities, and limited edition products with heart!
Sweet & Salty in a Box from NW Love in a Box
This fun gift box from NW Love in a Box is Sweet and Salty - just like work!
Box contents include - Moonstruck Hot Chocolate tin, Albina Nuts, Elkie Crackers, Olympia Provisions Salami, Gourmet Popcorn, Olympia Provisions veggie, and a Doug Fir Sasquatch Ornament
All items are sourced from small and local Pacific Northwest businesses.
Virtual Team Building Paint Party from Pop and Paint
Hosting a Virtual Private Painting Event for staff/employees is a great way for companies to stay connected while keeping everyone safe in the comfort of their own home.
Pop & Paint's Virtual Private Painting Events are more social and creative than your average Virtual Happy Hour! Great for any skill level, our Pop & Paint artists provide live guidance on how to paint the featured image of your event.
Painting Kits are shipped directly to each participant's doorstep to make things even easier!. These fun, social, and creative Virtual Painting Events leaves each participant feeling accomplished as they have created their very own masterpiece that they painted themselves!
Prices start at $600 for 10 participants and includes all supplies, shipping costs, instruction.
Herbal Tea Collection from Mama-Te-a
This is a collection of 12 best selling herbal teas, created for living your best self!
Presented in a beauTEAful rustic hand painted wood box, complete with 50 U-fill tea bags, this hand blended box of organic loose is a delightfully thoughtful gift that covers most of life's challenges, from relaxing to sleeping well, to uplifting and mental stamina tea, making it an ideal gift for everyone!
Ornaments Made in Haiti from Karina's Noonday Worldchangers
The Bonswa ornaments from Haiti are a great example of all that Noonday stands for. They are made from recycled steel drums in Haiti.
Noonday's artisan business partners use materials found in their communities to create jewelry, accessories and home good that are purchased from them in order to lift them out of poverty.
$48/set of three
Candy Cane Hand Soap and Candy Cane Dream Cream from Live Pure Mama
This duo (Candy Cane Hand Soap and Candy Cane Dream Cream) is something anyone would use and love!
It's awesome to have this completly natural scent (zero synthetic fragrance) in your home during the holidays, bringing up visions of real scrumptious peppermint candy.
Great as a pair or two separate gifts for anyone on your list or even as stocking stuffers!
12 Pack of Nunbelievable Cookies from
Uniquely You with Cynthia
Give your employees a gourmet gift that gives back! For every cookie purchased, Nunbelievable donates a meal. 1 cookie = 1 meal. Since October 2019, Nunbelievables have been able to donate more than 100,000 meals.
Some of the organizations they have the privilege of working with are North Texas Food bank, New York City Relief, Sisters of Mercy, Joshua's Heart Foundation, and World Vision.
Assorted pack of 12 cookies
Limited Edition Holiday Coffee from Elliott & Murrey Coffee Roasters
This unique blend is a deliciously balanced blend made with coffee from Honduras and Sumatra.
Enjoy this full- bodied coffee with notes of spice, fruit & cinnamon with the whole family!
Hot Chocolate Gift Set from How Sweet It Is
f you have a Hot Chocolate lover in your life, you'll want to give them this Hot Chocolate box with premium chocolate, scratch-made marshmallows, and a sample of decadent midnight mallows.
Gifts for Friends, Siblings, and Grandparents
Whether you are shopping for friends, siblings, or grandparents, we think you'll find what you are looking for in this collection.
Activities to make memories, thoughtful handcrafted items, and practical gifts with flair means your shopping is almost done!
Custom Peg Doll Gift Set from Sudie's Corner
A custom painted set of wooden dolls that look just like each member of the family sitting in a custom painted shadow box with an image that is meaningful and special to them.
The family home, a special vacation spot, a peaceful and or fun memory. This set of peg dolls makes for a unique piece of art to display in your home that will make you smile and bring back joyful memories every time you see it. Bonus, the peg dolls can be played with and once finished they can sit back in their shadow box.
Starts at $90.00
Ambrosia Blossom Handmade Soap from Sacred Roots Co.
This delightful bar from Sacred Roots Co. is deliciously scented with notes
mandarin, grapefruit, peach, honeysuckle, violet, apple, melon, basil, jasmine, and honey and finishes with deeper notes of vanilla, amber and woods.
Moon Phase Calendar from Lea K. Tawd
This 13x19” calendar is a beautiful and magical way to track the moon and to gain a deeper understanding of the seasons and cycles of your life.
Featuring gorgeous artwork and the phases of the moon throughout 2021, it is a perfect gift for all of your friends who embrace their woo.
Chenille Hand Towel from Cleaning Green with Stacy
Luxurious and super absorbent chenille hand towels make any bathroom or kitchen special!
These towels carry our patented BacLock technology and inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew within the towel. The gorgeous color selections make it easy to find that perfect color for whomever is on your list!
Custom Wine Tumbler from Just Tumblin Through
Gift a fun custom wine glass with a personal touch and set up a time to share a glass of wine with a friend over Zoom or FaceTime!
You Can Do Hard Things Mug from the Whorticulturist Shop
The perfect reminder for someone who needs a pick me up.
Dishwasher and microwave save, this cup will come in handy for coffee, tea, or something else!
Magic Wands from the Woodland Wandolier
Handmade in an enchanted forest, these velvety black and metallic finish wands make a perfect gift for your pals who need a reminder of their magic, a smile maker, heart lifter upper, a marvelous accessory for costuming and cosplay, or anything else your creative heart desires.
You can get two, one for each of you, to send those radar love spells across the airways, or conducting air band. Accio wands!
Virtual Painting with Kym's Kanvas
If your family can't be together in person, they can enjoy a virtual family paint party or gift a virtual painting class to a loved one!
Instruction is provided and drop-in classes are ongoing. If you'd like to involve the whole family, book a private virtual party!
Drop in classes are $10 each
Private parties start at $40/person
Ultimate Renewal Bath Set from BeautyCounter
Who doesn't wish they could head to the spa these days? Bring the spa to you with this luxurious bath and body set from Beautycounter.
It comes with a sugar scrub scented lightly with natural ginger and lemongrass, an illuminating hydrating body oil, and your very own dry brush to exfoliate and stimulate circulation. Three ways to get your glow on, for rejuvenated skin and a moment of zen.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Planner from Empowered Mamas
Full Spectrum Pregnancy and Postpartum Planners and Workbook. Filled with educational and empowering content, journal prompts, birth and postpartum plans, and even space for your birth story.
Three versions to fit how far in pregnancy they are. Plus the workbook is an amazing resource for birth workers.
Angela says her family of 3 kids and 3 fur babies is loud, full of life, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!.
Angela loves hiking, camping and gardening as well as other outdoor activities. “I am completely addicted to OrangeTheory and tea is my love language. I am a home cooking enthusiast. Virtually everything I make is from scratch and I take great pride in it. Cooking relaxes me and I feel a sense of purpose in providing nourishing meals for my family. Don't tell anyone, but my hidden talent is singing. I never do it in public, but I've got some pipes :) 70's, 80's and 90's music is my favorite and I love a good band T-shirt,” she explains.
She says she has been passionate about leadership in her community, serving others through holistic healing and living sustainably for as long as she can remember. She says “I was born with an insatiable need to help others meet their goals and achieve their dreams.”
Angela received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods.
As a holistic health and nutrition coach, she uses her knowledge to co-create completely personalized action plans based on client goals.
Although she owns her own business now, that wasn’t always a part of her plan. “Being my own boss and creating my own path always seemed just out of reach for me. I spent 14 years as a manager at a “Big Box” retailer. I spent countless nights, weekends and holidays away from my family all while carrying the weight of a toxic marriage. I had completely lost who I was. I wandered aimlessly through my life. I felt helpless, angry and trapped with no way out. My day-to-day work was soul-draining and left me feeling empty inside. The only joy I felt was in the minimal amount of time I was able to guide and mentor my employees. The relationships I fostered with them while helping them grow personally and professionally solidified my dream of leading people to walk their own path to success. It was then that I knew it was time to listen to my heart and pursue my passion.”
She then began to work to learn about herself and how to nurture her body, mind, and spirit.
She discovered doTERRA essential oils and began to learn as much as she could about reducing toxins in her life,, preventative health care, reducing inflammation, using plants as medicine, and living a holistic lifestyle. “Through that, I not only found myself, but I learned to love myself again. I left my toxic marriage, became the kind of mom I wanted to be and found love in the most unexpected place,” she explains.
Angela says there are multiple people in her life that have inspired her. “If I had to pick just one, it would be my Granny. She is the epitome of strength, determination and grace. My Granny grew up the child of Italian parents in Chicago with 5 brothers and sisters. She married a man who was completely absent and unfaithful. In her 30's, with no formal education and 5 children of her own, she set out on a course to completely change her entire existence. She got a great job, put herself through school (all the way through a master's program), cared for her children, provided a safe haven for her grandchildren and showed us that there is nothing a single mother cannot do. She has undergone brain and back surgery all within the last year. Life is not without hardship. But, that does not mean it isn't worth living.”
Although launching a new business during a global pandemic has been challenging, she’s excited to share her knowledge and help others.. “Finding leads and starting conversations when people are home-bound has definitely been difficult! Also, I am juggling two businesses. So, finding a way to blend the two in a way that fits who I am and what I want to show to the world has been hard.”
Despite the challenges, she loves owning her time after spending 14 years working 60+ hour weeks in a retail environment. “I was NEVER home and missed so much of my family. Being able to be home for dinner, have consistent days off and take care of my kids is pretty awesome. My first holiday season outside of retail is coming up and my level of excitement cannot even be put into words.”
She would tell a new business owner to remember that perfection does not exist. “lt never be the perfect time, the perfect circumstances nor will the answers reveal themselves perfectly. The best thing you can do for yourself is believe in who you are and what you're capable of. When you're afraid, do it anyway. When you feel alone, do it anyway. When you're discouraged, do it anyway. You HAVE to show up for yourself consistently in order to create and grow your business. Create positive affirmations and say them to yourself over and over. YES, this works. Put good, whole foods into your body as much as you possibly can and take care of your mind + soul. Thriving in life and business takes balance, time and effort. Give yourself grace, fail forward and never stop grinding.”
When things are challenging she remembers her “why”. “I know with certainty that I am on my divine path. I am living in my zone of genius. I knew as a child that I wanted to work for myself. However, I never knew just what it was that I'd be doing. I look at my kids and I do it for them. I do it for pride in myself. I do it to show the world that I will not fail, even when others point and laugh at me. I do it because I am genuinely fulfilled in helping other women release resentment, reclaim their power and rewrite their stories.”
Angela says joining the MOB has been an eye opener for her. “Society sort of breeds competition and scarcity into our minds as women. The women here are SO accepting of everyone. There are all kinds of people, from all walks of life. You get to engage with women you'd never have met otherwise. You get support during your times of struggle. You can ask for help without being judged. Women supporting women is totally life changing,” she explains.
Her favorite MOB Alliance benefit is the community itself. “I love that the Alliance allows you to have your information in a directory, your meet-up fees are included and the community of women is tight-knit but always willing to accept and help someone new. People genuinely want you to succeed and really do try to support you in any way they can.”
Her ideal referrals are women between the ages of 25-45 who are seeking a piece of themselves that has been lost or taken from them. They want to move past resentment and anger from their previous experiences. These women are ready to be empowered and want to rewrite their stories.
Angela’s MOB Alliance offer is a free 60 minute session added on to their 90 day package.
Connect with Angela online:
Hannah Woods, owner of Serenity Windows has been a General Contractor since 2013. Hannah started her business in 2008 when she and her husband were both laid off. Both had a background in construction and they realized it was a way they could provide for their growing family.
Their family now consists of four children with ages ranging from toddler to eight years old. In her free time Hannah loves reading, writing, cooking, crafting, and creating.
As a woman in a male dominated industry, Hannah has had many experiences where she was overlooked and underestimated. “As a female in a male dominated industry, I’ve had to earn the same respect men get just for being men. I’ve been constantly questioned on my knowledge and abilities,” she explains.
Those who underestimate her soon learn they are mistaken.
“I am persistent. I’ve always refused to listen to the voices who told me who I was and who I could never be. I have fought for everything I have in my life. I am an overachiever, a perfectionist, terribly hard on myself, and often far too serious. But I am a good person. I am a good friend. I am a good mother. I am a good wife. I am honest, caring, and kind,” she says.
Hannah’s persistence and strong personality come from a rough childhood.
“I wasn't allowed a traditional education. I had to learn on my own. One of my proudest moments was when I got my GED at 17. No one was there rooting for me. No one expected it of me. I did it for myself. That is who I am.”
While she was growing up, most of the people in her life were examples of what not to be.
“I grew up watching those around me struggle day to day. I was told that is how it will always be. That life will always be hard. That I would never be enough, happiness was out of reach, and I didn't deserve to even reach for it. I have spent my life refusing to fall into the victim mentality I was subjected to my entire life. I found my mentors in books; many of them fictional. I decided who I wanted to be and struggled through allowing myself to be that person. I am always striving to do and be better,” she says.
Owning her own business has been empowering. “Being able to do things the way I want. Having that control in my life has been life altering; it has empowered me and stimulated an abundance of personal growth.”
She would advise a new business owner to meditate on what they want long term. “Picture what you want to do, how it makes you feel, and why you want to do it. When you have your "why" you can create your goals. Always strive towards a goal. It will keep you grounded and motivated. Do not be afraid to fail! We all fall down; what matters is how long it takes you to get back up,” she explains.
When things get challenging, Hannah thinks about her children and her goals. Both remind her why she needs to keep pushing through the hard moments.
She says being a part of the MOB has been uplifting. “As a woman in a male dominated industry it can sometimes get overwhelming. It's nice to have a group of women who can relate on different levels and who are so encouraging, thoughtful, and kind,” she says.
A lovely example of that encouragement is the reason Hannah submitted her business for a MOB Spotlight! “Just a quick thank you to Gwen Montoya. I recently joined her marketing group. She (unknowingly) pushed me to open myself up and do this interview. I've never really considered that people might care about who I am and whose business they are supporting,” she explains.
Her favorite MOB Alliance benefit are the MOB meetups because they give her a chance to get out of her comfort zone while she meets new people and learns abou their businesses. “We have some amazing and very unique individuals and I love that ability to connect with so many different people that I may not have crossed paths with under normal circumstances.”
Her ideal referral is anyone looking for new windows or those who need window repairs, and her MOB Alliance discount is 10% off replacing the windows in your home
Connect with Hannah online:
It seems especially fitting to start MOBtober right after MOBs from across the country joined us virtually for MOBCON 2020.
What is MOBtober?
MOBtober is the month we challenge you to discover and support Mom Owned Businesses!
Part of the MOB Nation's mission is elevating and supporting mom-owned businesses. MOBs can be found in every niche and business type - whatever product or service you need, there's a MOB for that!
When you support a mom owned business you are empowering a mom to provide for her family, follow her dream, give back to her community, and to support other Mom Owned Businesses (MOBs) in the same way she was supported.
For example, when you spend $100 with a local business, $68 of that $100 stays in the community in the form of taxes, wages, and making purchases. When you spend $100 with a national store, only $43 stays in the community.
When you purchase from a woman owned business you contribute to having unique businesses and locally made products available in your community.
Small and local businesses support community groups, local sports teams, and charities 250% more than corporations and are more involved in their communities overall.
Check out the MOB Facebook page for daily action steps and chances to learn about mom owned businesses this month!
If you need help finding a mom-owned business to support, check out our directory at www.theresamobforthat.com or download the MOB Nation app.
Here's how you can support small woman owned businesses in October!
Make Your Next Purchase from a Mom Owned Business
When you purchase from a small business an actual person does a happy dance.
Listen to a Podcast Hosted by a Mom
Here's a list to get you started!
Find a MOB podcast you love? Go further by subscribing and leaving a review
Pay Full Price
Be respectful of the time and effort a MOB puts into her business. Don't ask for a discount or a "friends and family" price.
Follow, Share, and Interact with Them on Social Media
There are so many ways to support a small business on social media!
Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to their YouTube channel, sign up for or share their virtual event.
Following and engaging with your favorite mom owned business on social media helps improve their reach and connect them with more of their audience.
Even better, when you share a post from your favorite small business, you introduce them to a new audience (yours!)
Purchase a Book Written by a MOB
There is no shortage of talented moms writing books - purchase a book and leave a review if you love it.
Here's a list of books written by MOBs to get you started.
Even better - send a message to the author directly letting them know you enjoyed it.
Be a Vocal Supporter
Leaving a review is one of the best things you can do for a mom owned business - not only does it make them feel good, it also helps them attract new customers and clients.
Get into the habit of not only buying from a MOB, but also leaving a review!
Order a Meal from a Mom Owned Restaurant
This is the tastiest and easiest ways to support a small business!
Order your next lunch or dinner from a mom owned restaurant.
Even better - order it directly by calling them and pick it up yourself. Fees for meal delivery services like Grub Hub are high for businesses.
Share a MOB's Blog Post
Small business owners write about all kinds of topics.
When you read something by a MOB that you love, share it!
Purchase Your Next Gift from a MOB
Whatever gift or holiday you are shopping for, there's a MOB for that!
Not sure what to buy? Ask the MOB for gift suggestions (after all, she's a pro at at what she sells) or purchase a gift certificate for later use.
Tell a Friend About Your Favorite Mom Owned Business
Don't be shy about shouting out your favorite small businesses! Tell everyone!
Go further and tell lots of people! Shout them out on social media or include them in a list of your favorite mom owned businesses.
Did you snap a food or coffee picture the last time you supported a mom owned restaurant or coffee shop? Share it!
Do you have a necklace you love or earrings you always wear purchased from artist? Share it!
Do you have a "can't live live out" lotion, face cream, or other product made or sold by a MOB? Share it!
Switch Out One Item You Normally Buy from a Big Box Retailer or Grocery Store
You'd be amazed at how many grocery store items can be purchased from a mom!
Try switching out one product every month and after a year, you'll have switched to supporting twelve mom-owned/made products each month!
You'll cut down on trips to the grocery store, too!
Be a Connector
Do you know someone who would love a MOB's product? Tag the friend in a post or send them an email with the link to the product/service.
Tag or share the name of your favorite mom owned business the next time someone is looking for a product or service the MOB sells.
Do you have a collaboration or referral that would be great fit for a MOB? Be a connector!
Hire a MOB the Next Time You Need a Service
Whatever service you're looking for, there's a MOB for that!
Mom business owners are lawyers, CPAs, electricians, plumbers, doctors, nutritionists, stylists, photographers, and so much more.
Use our mom owned business directory (the largest in the United States) to find the service provider you need!
Sign Up for a MOB Email List
A great way to stay connect to your favorite mom owned business is to sign up for the email list. That way you won't miss an update or a chance to support them!
Send Them a Note of Encouragement
Owning a business has highs and lows. It can be challenging and lonely. Let them know you appreciate them with a quick message.
Commit to Supporting Small Businesses All Year
MOBtober only lasts for 31 days, and we hope it inspires you to think more about where you spend your money and the types of businesses you support.
One of the most impressive things about mom business owners is the variety of things they do and how much they manage to get done.
The women podcasters on this list juggle raising a family and owning a business every day. In addition to those huge tasks, these women have also added hosting their own podcasts.
You'll find a variety of topics and industries represented on our podcast round up. Be sure to check them out, subscribe, and leave a review if you become a fan!
The Legal Babe Podcast with Natalie Puglisi
Setting up the legal base for your business doesn't have to be confusing! Join Natalie Puglisi each week as she shares her legal knowledge about all things small business law, trademarks, contracts and content protection. Natalie breaks down legal concepts in a way that easy to understand and implement in your business. So whether you're just starting out or you've been in business for years, this podcast will help you figure out how to legally protect yourself and your business.
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Adventures in Marketing with Gwen Montoya
Are you ready for clear, concise, actionable information that will move you forward in your business without overwhelming you?
The Adventures in Marketing podcast has the resources, information, and inspiration you need to manage your marketing.
A educator at heart, Gwen is a marketing guide with 15 years experience working with hundreds of small business owners to get them unstuck and excited about marketing their business!
Marketing doesn't have to be scary!
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Wanting to Wealthy Podcast with Ashley Hogan
A podcast designed for individuals and families who want more. Ashely's mission is to empower you to take control of your life, money, goals and more.
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Edge One Media with Megan De Salvo
Hosted by Megan and Nicholas De Salvo, the Refreshing Edge Podcast is a deep dive into digital marketing, business leadership, raising a family and how to stay married as business partners.
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Dear Creativity, Let's Play with Amy Isaman
Are you ready to reconnect with your creativity? This is the podcast for you if you want to spend time playing with what lights you up and creating but aren’t sure where to start or need support in continuing down the creative path. Everyone is innately creative, and life can be so much more fun and joyful when we heed that call to connect with our creativity and begin creating.
As a creativity coach, writer and quilter, Amy talks about her own creative life and process as well as hosting interviews with guests about all things creativity: the process, blocks and challenges, creative thinking, creativity as play, and sharing your creative gifts with the world.
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Twin Talks, Parent Savers, I am the Remnent, Millennial Santa, God of Miracles, Preggie Pals, Newbies, The Boob Group with Sunny Gault
Sunny is the founder of the Independant Podcast Network where she mentors new podcasters as well as producing her own shows for parents and Christians. She is also a professional voice-over artist.
I am the Remnant reveals how God is using Sunny (and others) to directly speak to His people
God of Miracles, is a highly-produced, narrated podcast that shares personal stories of the amazing miracles God is doing every day.
Her parenting podcasts focus on the different journeys parents take as their children grow.
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September is Read a New Book month which makes this the perfect opportunity to discover a book written by a mom author!
Whether you are looking for adventure, mystery, romance, prompts to connect with your family, or you're looking ways to unlock your creative side - these MOB authors have you covered!
Creativity Unstuck: a Toolbox for Making More Art by Lea K. Tawd
If you're feeling called to be more creative, but having trouble putting that desire into action, this is the book you need!
Creativity Unstuck is a gem of a book. Tawd doesn't accept any excuses as she gently but firmly guides you through ten immediate, actionable steps towards making creativity a habit. You will work through your creative blocks as you learn to make time in your busy schedule, handle inner criticism, use ritual to connect with the Muse every time you need her, and so much more.
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Naupaka Blooming by J.L. Eck
If you like tropical settings, cultural exploration, a little fantasy mixed in with a little romance and compelling stories linking the past and present, then you’ll love this exotic novel!
In ancient Hawaii, a young princess and a commoner fall in love. Although they are forbidden from each other, the young lovers believe they have the blessings of the gods and work to find a way to be together. But their love ends tragically, setting off the myth of the naupaka flower, a symbol of their love.
Centuries later, Liz gets the opportunity of a lifetime to move to Hawaii and she takes it without a second thought. Hoping for a fresh start, Liz settles in to island life with new friends and new adventures. But when she learns of the naupaka myth she starts to have recurring feelings of Deja vu and vivid dreams of what seems to be a prior life. And after meeting a man she feel intensely drawn to she begins to question everything she knows. Liz can't help but wonder, is she doomed to a similar fate as the ancient lovers she feels so connected to? Or can she break free of the curse she has always felt trapped under and finally find peace?
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An Overwhelming Gift by Karen Huck
Adopted at birth, Karen Huck spent sixteen years searching for her biological family. This autobiographical book retells her experiences and the journey she took to reconnect.
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Love More by Shannon Loucks
Love More is packed with over fifty ways to build joy into childhood and create loving family memories. Simple, easy to implement for the any busy family.
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The Overlander's Daughter and The Tarot Cipher by Amy Isaman
Amy's books are about women on adventures that they may not have chosen, but for some reason chose them. They have a little adventure, mystery, and a touch of romance.
Overlander's Daugther - In 1847, seventeen-year old Sarah wants no part of walking two thousand miles behind a wagon to Oregon, but her father leaves her no choice. When her innocence is taken in one violent moment, her quilt provides her only solace as she flees into the wilderness.
160 years later, twenty-eight-year old Harper unearths Sarah’s quilt which has been passed down to Sarah’s great-granddaughter, Agnes whose last wish is to record the story of her treasured family quilt before her memory fades completely and the two women embark on a journey to share the quilt’s story. Throughout the intertwined narratives, both Sarah and Harper hold tight to the quilt as they find the courage to accept their losses and tell the truth despite the consequences honesty brings. In doing so, they both discover a resilience and inner strength they didn’t know they had.
The Tarot Cipher - When widow Tricia Seaver finds an ancient tarot card hidden at the Inn where she and her daughter are staying, her vacation transforms from a relaxing week touring London into an intriguing treasure hunt for three more priceless tarot cards with the sexy innkeeper.
Amy's latest book, Cold Hard Cache - an adventure mystery, will be available this fall.
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We're excited to welcome Dr. Zarya Rubin, holistic health coach and CEO of Wild Lilac Wellness, to the MOB blog! Learn more about Dr. Rubin at the end of this blog post.
Well, it looks like masks and social distancing are here to stay with no end in sight.
When this was a two-week affair way back in the beginning, maybe we could get by with pajama parties and Netflix and chill, but sh*t’s been real for a while now and is only going to be more challenging once the weather turns gloomy and rainy – I don’t know about you, but the sunshine is one of the only things keeping me going!
Maybe you’re an essential worker, putting yourself on the front lines so the rest of us can have groceries delivered, or treating our loved ones in the hospital. And for that we are beyond grateful. Or maybe your business has ramped up with folks seeking self-care or online services, or maybe you’re pivoting and accidentally homeschooling and trying not to fight with your significant other between Zoom calls and doing All. The. Things.
Wherever you are in all of this, here are some creative ideas I’ve been using to stay safe, stay (somewhat) sane, and still feel like I’m doing something with my brain. I would love to hear your creative ideas in the comments!
Make Beer Bread
For some unknown reason, this pandemic has brought on a baking frenzy. I’ve seen bags of flour for $85 on Amazon, and yeast is pretty much nowhere to be found (true confession, I just bought a 1lb bag! Apparently it keeps for a year).
But you know what is plentiful? BEER! And you can use that brew to create the easiest, most delicious bread in about an hour. You heard me. That’s
including the baking time. No rises, no proving, no sourdough starter, and no Great British Baking anxiety. This recipe is foolproof. And it can be made with alternate flours, like spelt, but I haven’t attempted it yet with totally GF flour (which can be found without heading to the black market). Tabor Bread in SE Portland also sells their gorgeous flour as well as their divine breads for pickup, but hey, it’s not as much fun for the ‘gram.
Here’s the recipe – I used any old bottle of Modelo Especial and it turned out perfectly!
Start A Meditation Practice
If you’ve been telling yourself “I should meditate” but haven’t gotten around to it, now is the time. Without the shrill daily alarm clock and morning rush to get the kiddo off to school, I’ve been doing daily morning meditation along with my nightly ritual. There are a couple of easy ways to get started with online apps that will guide you through all of the beginner steps.
My favorite is Headspace, which is free right now for healthcare providers, but also has a free section for beginners. Other popular apps are Calm and Insight Timer (which is completely free). The key is really finding a quiet space where you can be uninterrupted (I know, it may sound impossible right now, but maybe lock yourself in the bathroom if you must!) and not judging yourself. Your mind will wander – that doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong.
There are also some great specific meditation practices I share with my clients like The Body Scan and The Five Senses Meditation. You may find some amazing results in terms of your overall focus, decreased anxiety levels, and increased calm.
Take An Online Course
What better time to acquire a new skill or some new knowledge? Earlier this spring, I took THE most popular Coursera course – the Yale Science of Well-Being, with Professor Laurie De Santos. It’s free to audit, all online and self-paced, and has been an eye-opening wealth of information as well as
practical tips for increasing happiness. Bonus: bragging rights that you went to Yale!
Another friend has decided to learn Korean. I’m taking an Instagram course to
uplevel my online game, and I also plan to catch up on all of the amazing MOB talks we have at our disposal before hitting MOBCON!
Get An Activity Box For The Kiddos
If you’ve hit a home schooling wall and are looking for some outside assistance, why not try an activity box or kit? Some of our favorites for my curious 6-yr-old explorer are:
- The Kiwi Box, with STEM-focused activities that change every month,
including crafts, experiments and more. Kits are available for ages 0-14+ and
you get 30% off when you sign up for emails. https://www.kiwico.com/
- Highlights magazine has an amazing subscription called Top Secret, for ages
7+ which sends you on a spy mission to a different country every month. Kits
come with an activity book filled with challenging puzzles that get you closer
to solving the crime, along with a fact-based book that holds the answers to
history, geography and cultural questions. So far we’ve done the Egypt set
and are ready to head to Mexico, Australia and China! All from the comfort of
our couch. https://www.highlights.com/store/puzzle-book-clubs/top-
- MOB-owned Little Minds Learning Box by Bry Daley
(https://www.littlemindslearningbox.com/) is an amazing monthly
subscription service geared towards early childhood development though
play based activities. Activities are created to strengthen children's skills in
major areas of child development including: physical motor, social-
emotional, language, and cognitive development. The activities are so
beautifully put together with such care and inspire both instructed and open-
ended creative play!
We just got the Performing Arts themed box and my kiddo has already hosted a movie night and transformed the popcorn into a sensory “calming box” that even got her featured on an episode of Brains On!
Host A Virtual Happy Hour/Coffee Date
In the past few months I have hosted my medical school class reunion, created a weekly happy hour for my best girlfriends from around the world, done co-working online, and caught up with a few old friends I haven’t chatted with in AGES. I also have a “virtual coffee” option on my Calendly to network even during a pandemic!
Even though we may be sick of Zoom, it’s always uplifting to see people other than your cats, share your struggles and wins, and raise a glass to surviving another week of this challenging time.
Oh, I also joined a wine club…Cheers!
Olga Ward, owner of Beaverton Neurofeedback is a first generation immigrant who moved to the US on a student Visa to attend college and improve her English.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, but she says deep down she always wanted to find a way to be a helper to others on a physical or emotional level.
“ I had entertained the idea of going back to school to re-qualify as a nurse, but something always got in a way. Perhaps it was God's way of saying: ‘This is not your calling’. It wasn't until my husband and I decided to expand our family through adoption, I realized where I could practice my desire to heal,” she explains.
When she and her husband adopted her daughter from the Oregon DHS foster system it opened her eyes to the world of childhood trauma and she recognized a great need to support the foster care community. They also decided to open their home to foster kids in need of a respite stay.
Their daughter joined their family at the age of eight already having suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of her biological family, she also had additional trauma in her first adoptive home which was promised to be her ‘forever’ home.
Olga says, “Raising a child often comes with challenges. Raising a special needs child who has lost trust in adults, takes ‘challenging’ to a whole other level. No amount of praise or comments such as ‘You are such nice people’ or ‘She is a lucky girl’ can make you feel better when you are exhausted and burnt out. In fact, these comments, without actual support, feel like mockery. I tried very hard to maintain our family ‘normalcy’, but the everyday challenges were making it difficult to hold down an inflexible full-time job. Eventually, I put in my notice, and quit my stable job without a plan for replacing the missing income.”
Around this time she also felt so emotionally burnt out that she chose to seek mental health support from a professional counselor. She found being validated by someone who understands the impact of secondary trauma helpful, but her home life was still in crisis on almost a daily basis.
“Our daughter was struggling and so did the rest of our family, including myself! It was my own therapist who introduced me to NeurOptimal neurofeedback. Trauma affects the brain on a physiological level. While talking to a professional can help you feel heard and validated, it will not change your overreacted brain to switch from the Fight/Flight/Freeze response. The fact that there's a professional device that can help retrain the brain be more balanced and better regulate emotions fascinated me. I delved into the research and tested it on myself.
The results were undeniable! Within only 3 neurofeedback sessions I felt more peaceful and patient. I felt happier and more relaxed. I could think more clearly! It was at that moment I knew this was my "healing" calling. I made an investment into the NeurOptimal training and purchased my own equipment. I wanted the same results for others as I had experienced for myself. In April of 2018, I opened my own practice, Beaverton Neurofeedback, and have been passionately serving others in my community.”
Olga says that as a current foster parent to children with trauma, she is required, and enjoys, taking continuing education courses on the subjects of parenting children with trauma and attachment issues. “There are several influential figures who have done the research and wrote books to help others understand how trauma affects the brain and what we can do about it. Dr. Valdeane Brown, the researcher and inventor of NeurOptimal neurofeedback equipment (which is what I use in my practice), Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, the authors of "The Whole Brain Child", and my current neurofeedback mentor, Catherine Boyer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, are to name a few,” she explains.
Her biggest struggle when she first started her business was feeling isolated.. When she left her full time job, she lost support that comes with having co-workers to share ideas and concerns with. She says finding the MOB Nation community was a huge relief. Not only did she feel supported as a business owner, she also found amazing friends.
Olga says she would advise new business owners to pursue their passion and understand their “why”.
“Doing what makes a difference in the world and what makes you happy and fulfilled is an important motivator, especially when things get tough. Ask yourself ‘What would I love to do even if money was not an issue?,”
She also reminds business owners that they can love what they are doing without giving it away for free, to find a mentor or like-minded person who will encourage and support them when they are stuck, to hire a coach to get clarity, and to get plugged in to a networking community that will be there for them in good days and in bad.
She would tell her younger self to not take things personally if others don't understand what you do or do not want to support you. Do not interpret it as less important or amazing. There will always be those who don't care and those who want to see you succeed!
Olga says her motivation to keep going when things are tough comes from seeing the difference she makes in her clients’ lives and hearing their testimonials.
She loves working for herself because of the flexibility she has. “Working for myself not only provides me with much needed flexibility, but it also allows me to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it. There are weeks when my family obligations require me to work less and there are others when I put in a lot more time and effort than I would have into a 9 to 5 job.”
She says the MOB impact on her business has been huge. “I found a supportive community and so many friends! I've been able to outsource several different services. I personally had difficulties with myself and got many referrals to my own neurofeedback services. We can't be great at everything and it's okay to ask or hire others to help us. We need each other for different stages of our personal and business lives and that's the power of the MOB,” she explains
Olga’s ideal referral are Moms who feel like she once did (burnt out, emotionally drained) and kids with trauma, learning disabilities, sleep issues, or behavior difficulties.
MOB Alliance members receive an enhanced session with energy work for no additional charge!
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We're excited to welcome IFundWomen's Creator & General Manager of IFundWomen of Color, Olivia Owens, to the MOB blog!
Learn more about Olivia at the end of the blog post.
Black Business Month is an important reminder of the opportunity that exists for Black-owned businesses. According to Amex's 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report, Black women represent 42% of net new women-owned businesses started in the last year, which is three times their share of the female population (14%).
Yet in the past decade, Black women-led businesses have captured just .0006% of the total venture capital funding pie. The pandemic has only exacerbated the larger funding gap problem, as we saw with the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program, where up to 90% of minority and women business owners were shut out.
If you’re as tired of hearing these devastating stats as I am, let’s talk solutions. The biggest challenge facing black women entrepreneurs is access. Through my work at IFundWomen, the go-to marketplace for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them, we are addressing this challenge head on by providing the access to the capital, coaching, and connections Black women-owned businesses need to launch and grow successful businesses.
We launched IFundWomen of Color (IFWOC) in partnership with Caress at the New York City Women’s March back in January. Since the announcement, we’ve been hard at work building the IFundWomen of Color community from the ground up, and the response has been incredible. The women in our community are reimagining how we build and use retail spaces, carving out space for Black women in wellness, and tackling food deserts in Brooklyn.
They’re leveraging crowdfunding and grants as alternative funding sources to push their businesses forward. In recent months, we’ve seen uptick in the Black women in our community launching with a sense of urgency because people are now (better late than never) looking to fund them.
One of the hundreds of women you can fund is Karen Wilson, Founder of ChildNEXUS. She is on a mission to decrease the number of undiagnosed learning disorders and mental health issues in children and adolescents through her platform. After getting her MVP up and running and growing her list to more than 900 subscribers, she came to IFundWomen because she needed the funds to scale.
She worked one on one with IFundWomen coaches, created her crowdfunding campaign video with the support of our creative team, and continues to leverage the IFundWomen of Color community as a space for support, collaboration, and validation. Not to mention, the first funder of her crowdfunding campaign was a $2,500 grant from Caress. She’s nearly 50% of the way to her goal and needs your support.
Caress is just one of a roster of amazing partners that have stepped up to support the women of color on our platform. Caress is doing $500K in COVID-19 relief grants for the IFundWomen of Color community.
We recently partnered with The Financial Gym to do $2,000 grants plus financial training for Black-owned businesses. And we will soon be announcing the recipients of our grant program with Visa, who is doing 10, $10,000 grants plus one year of IFundWomen coaching for Black women-owned businesses.
Grants are a no-brainer for both entrepreneurs who need funding and brands who are looking to reach their target audience. As a founder, debt-free capital is the best kind of capital. As a brand, the best way to engage with your potential customer is to show that you’re willing to meet an immediate and dire need they have by putting your money where your mouth is.
The best part is, you don’t have to be a brand to support Black-owned businesses. If you’re an ally looking to redistribute wealth into the black community, head to the Black-Women Owned Businesses page on our platform and fund a business or five.
If you’re Black woman-owned business, apply to IFundWomen of Color to start connecting with the resources and support you need to launch and grow.
Olivia Owens is the Creator & General Manager of IFundWomen of Color, the platform for women of color to raise capital through crowdfunding, grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses.
This funding ecosystem is designed to empower early-stage, women entrepreneurs and bridge the funding gap for women of color.