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[MBYE 20] Meg Brunson on Finding Your Inner Advocate, Raising Kidpreneurs, and Leaving Facebook to Start Her Own Digital Agency

[MBYE 20] Meg Brunson on Finding Your Inner Advocate, Raising Kidpreneurs, and Leaving Facebook to Start Her Own Digital Agency

January 29, 2019

MEET THE GUEST:

Meg Brunson has been marketing to moms for nearly a decade. After leaving her corporate job at Facebook in 2017 to be a more present mom to her 4 daughters, she founded EIEIO Marketing; a digital marketing agency focused on Facebook Marketing for family-first businesses. Through highly targeted, results-driven, Facebook Ads she's delivered results for her clients that include: doubling their lead volume, generating 62% more sales than the in-house team, attaining a 16x return on ad spend, and reducing the cost per lead by 99%! She also hosts the FamilyPreneur podcast, an interview-style show that explores the “balance” of family & entrepreneurship with a focus on raising kidpreneurs.

 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Meg’s journey from social work to the Facebook offices
  • Transitioning out of her position in the Ads Department at Facebook into full-time entrepreneurship
  • Starting a platform for her family of FamilyPreneurs (and starting her podcast by the same name)
  • Learning how to become the parent advocate her children need

 

When asked what’s the one thing she wants special needs moms who are going in business to know, she says: “Know that it’s okay to ask for help. People who are in the position of service coordinator, therapist … they want to help. So take advantage of the resources out there. There’s no shame in asking for help -- and the same goes for business.”

Where To Connect with Meg Online:

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[MBYE 19] Jessica Mandujano on Starting (or Stopping) a Business, Scaling Horizontally, and Telling Your Story

[MBYE 19] Jessica Mandujano on Starting (or Stopping) a Business, Scaling Horizontally, and Telling Your Story

January 14, 2019

 

MEET THE GUEST:

Jessica Mandujano is mama to two wonderful kiddos -- one of which has global developmental delays and is non-verbal. Her days are filled with chasing a toddler, driving to developmental Pre-K, therapy sessions, and she also runs her own marketing business. She loves advocating for her son, cheering him on and sharing his story to promote inclusion + kindness for all differently-abled kiddos.

 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Starting a business while pregnant and going through the process of transitioning it into something different after a rocky delivery and NICU stay
  • Growing horizontally when most business coaches encourage you to grow vertically
  • Providing more services to existing clients and nurturing those relationships to generate more income
  • Work-life harmony vs work-life balance -- what juggling it all really looks like for a special needs mamapreneur

 

Talking about transitioning her business to a new structure when she became a new mom, Jessica says, “Just because I have these goals for my business and I’m now a special needs mom, doesn’t mean I need to get rid of them completely. I need to change them a little bit, and maybe it’s gonna take me a little longer to get there, but I’m not in the business for the short-term, I’m in it for the long-haul.”

Where To Connect with Jessica Online:

Connect with Mia Francis-Poulin!

  1. Find out how you can work with Mia at www.racreative.co
  2. Catch up with Mia on Instagram.

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[MBYE 18] Susie Liberatore on Designing Your Day, New Autism Diagnoses, and Building Your Support Team

[MBYE 18] Susie Liberatore on Designing Your Day, New Autism Diagnoses, and Building Your Support Team

January 7, 2019

MEET THE GUEST:

Susie Liberatore is the owner at Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over nine years of experience, she brings businesses visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

Her fields of design expertise are branding development, social media marketing, and all things related to print!  She is the face and voice of Visions2images. Susie is an entrepreneur, she has several businesses and wears many hats for all of them. She has been able to help businesses thrive and grow with her help. Let her help you get your vision on track!

Our mission: Visions2images LLC is a creative service agency, providing the vision that your brand deserves. We believe in being professional and helping your business goals on all platforms. We work with small business that are established businesses and need that extra boost in their business.

 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Going from agency life, to corporate, to full-time entrepreneur -- and receiving an Autism diagnosis for her child in the meantime
  • Balancing and designing a business between therapy and client meetings
  • How she built a support team, instituted office hours for her clients, and uses productivity tools like Trello to organize and run her business while her son naps or goes to ABA therapy
  • Organizing her week to successfully deliver on client expectations and also market her own business.

To those wanting to start a new business while raising a kid with special needs, Susie says, “Start small and don’t be afraid to fail. Be flexible … simplify.”

Where To Connect with Susie Online:

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[MBYE 17] Melissa Rohlfs on Sensory Processing, Nutrition, and Getting A Support System

[MBYE 17] Melissa Rohlfs on Sensory Processing, Nutrition, and Getting A Support System

December 31, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Melissa Rohlfs is a transformational holistic health and life coach.   She helps moms lose the baby weight for good and increase their energy so they can flourish in motherhood. {No deprivation or hours of working out here!}  She is married and has 2 children, her daughter has SPD. When Melissa learned about clean eating, not only did she lose weight, but it also helped her daughter with her SPD as well.  Her passion is teaching people how to nourish themselves with real food and a holistic approach.

Where To Connect with Melissa Online:

 

Info on Sensory Processing Disorder: https://www.spdstar.org/basic/about-spd 

Connect with Mia Francis-Poulin!

  1. Find out how you can work with Mia at www.racreative.co
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This episode is sponsored by The Autism Strategies and Autism Moms Getaways! The FIRST Autism Moms Getaway will be in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 12-14th, 2019. Join us in the Big Easy for a short getaway to relax and relate with other Autism moms. Reserve your spot for only $50 when you book before January 1st -- and payment plans are available!

 

More info at bit.ly/bookgetawaynow!

[MBYE 16] Aundrea Caldwell on Self-Restoration, Setting Stretch Goals, and Redefining What It Means To Be An Autism Mom

[MBYE 16] Aundrea Caldwell on Self-Restoration, Setting Stretch Goals, and Redefining What It Means To Be An Autism Mom

December 17, 2018

 

MEET THE GUEST:

Aundrea Caldwell is passionate about many things and now it’s all about
encouraging and supporting Autism Parents through writing, speaking
and most importantly - sharing her Autism Journey.

In April 2018, Aundrea released her first book, “Wait! Did You Say Autistic?” A Mother’s Journey of Acceptance and Advocacy, which is part-autobiography/part-self help book for parents and caregivers who are raising children on the Autism Spectrum. Her book walks readers through her journey of acceptance and advocacy for her son, Cameron, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2008.

After the launch of her book, Ms. Caldwell started The Autism Strategies, a consulting practice focused on supporting Autism Parents in four key areas: Acceptance, Advocacy, Creating Connections and Setting Goals. Those were the focus areas that were instrumental in putting Cameron on the right path.

Aundrea is redefining what it means to be an Autism Mom. As a mother of three, with two of her children on the Autism Spectrum, Aundrea wants other Autism parents to know that it's not the end of the world when you get the diagnosis and that you can survive and thrive with Autism.

Prior to embarking on this journey, Aundrea enjoyed a twenty-five year career in Project and Product Management across multiple industries and technology areas. Aundrea wears many hats but this ex-Googler has turned her focused
towards giving back and sharing her knowledge.

Aundrea is a 2001 graduate of the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University (MBA). She also holds two undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University (1997) and the University of New Orleans (1993).

She’s also a US Army Reserve veteran.

Aundrea currently resides in the Atlanta Metro Area with her three children, Cameron, Mari and Milaan.

Where To Connect with Aundrea Online:

  • bit.ly/IEPStrategies
  • bit.ly/aundreafirstbook
  • www.aundreacaldwell.com
  • Learn more about the Autism Moms Getaway in New Orleans, LA bit.ly/bookgetawaynow

Connect with Mia Francis-Poulin!

  1. Find out how you can work with Mia at www.racreative.co
  2. Catch up with Mia on Instagram.
  3. Join the Mama, Build Your Empire Group on Facebook.

 

This episode is sponsored by The Autism Strategies and Autism Moms Getaways! The FIRST Autism Moms Getaway will be in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 12-14th, 2019. Join us in the Big Easy for a short getaway to relax and relate with other Autism moms. Reserve your spot for only $50 when you book before January 1st -- and payment plans are available!

More info at bit.ly/bookgetawaynow!

[MBYE 15] Chrissy Caley on Leaning In To Special Needs Motherhood, Starting and Scaling a Business, and Living Authentically

[MBYE 15] Chrissy Caley on Leaning In To Special Needs Motherhood, Starting and Scaling a Business, and Living Authentically

December 10, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Chrissy Caley is a Professional Organizer, mother of 3, and mompreneur. Chrissy grew up in a family of 9 and was constantly surrounded by chaos and clutter. As an adult, she had to learn how to overcome the habits, beliefs, and routines that were preventing her from the life and home that I had always wanted. When she became a mother, and then a mother of a special needs child, her understanding of the importance of a streamlined, orderly, and functional home expanded.

 

It is Chrissy's passion to teach others how to get out from under the clutter and claim their spaces, their time, and their lives for their own. Chrissy has helped many moms get out from the weight of the stuff in their lives and make space for the things that are truly important.

Where To Connect with Chrissy Online:

  • www.binsandgrins.com
  • www.facebook.com/binsandgrins

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[MBYE 14] Jennifer Elia on Homeschooling, Real IEPs, and Advocating For Your Child

[MBYE 14] Jennifer Elia on Homeschooling, Real IEPs, and Advocating For Your Child

December 3, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Jennifer Elia, homeschool consultant, curriculum creator, blogger, and author, is Founder of Aurelius Cabrini Homeschool Resource Center which is dedicated to giving homeschool moms the tools they need to thrive in their home education career. Jennifer provides one-on-one consulting, personalized and original curriculum plans, and practical advice for those just beginning their homeschool journey, as well as those who just need a little boost. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children whom she has been educating at home for the past 10 years. When Jennifer isn’t busy researching the best curriculum solutions, she enjoys gardening, crafting, and writing. You can find Jennifer on Facebook and Pinterest.

Where To Connect with Jennifer Online:

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[MBYE 13] Jeniece Stewart on Autism, Managing Motherhood, and Why We Need to Pay Attention to Special Needs Siblings

[MBYE 13] Jeniece Stewart on Autism, Managing Motherhood, and Why We Need to Pay Attention to Special Needs Siblings

November 26, 2018

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MEET THE GUEST:

Jeniece Stewart is a small business owner, nonprofit founder, mother of five, speaker, and coach! As a mother of five including a set of twins and one with autism and epilepsy, she knows firsthand about overcoming adversity. She understands the dynamics that special needs families experience. She is zealous, genuine, and welcoming. Jeniece is the founder of Special Needs Siblings, Inc., where families are empowered and encouraged to focus on new views, personal growth, and transformation.

Where To Connect with Jeniece Online:

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[MBYE 12] Samantha Siffring on Growing A Business, Balancing Entrepreneurship and Not Being Afraid to Dream

[MBYE 12] Samantha Siffring on Growing A Business, Balancing Entrepreneurship and Not Being Afraid to Dream

November 19, 2018

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MEET THE GUEST:

Samantha owns tbhcoach.com where she is a business coach and consultant for moms with online businesses. She started as a coach after struggling to find her identity after becoming a mother and now is very passionate about helping other moms build businesses from home and balance entrepreneurship with motherhood. She is also the host of the Badass Mother Podcast, a mom of 3, an over-volunteer-er, and a travel lover -- she and her husband met while studying abroad in college and are always taking their kids on epic adventures.

Where To Connect with Samantha  Online:

  • tbhcoach.com/innercircle ← for her group coaching offer
  • Facebook
  • tbhcoach.com/getclients ← Samantha’s free resource to help you narrow your niche and get clients online
  • Listen to her on The Badass Mother Podcast!

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[MBYE 11] Dominique Davis on Creating an Invention, Raising a Medically Fragile Child, and Keeping Your Eye on the Prize

[MBYE 11] Dominique Davis on Creating an Invention, Raising a Medically Fragile Child, and Keeping Your Eye on the Prize

November 12, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Dominique Davis is 26 years old and from New Brunswick New Jersey. She is a single mother to a beautiful 5yr old little girl who has a seizure disorder called doose syndrome. The thing that drove her to come up with this invention is to show my daughter that she can do anything she puts her mind to no matter the obstacles.

Where To Connect with Dominique Davis Online:

Episode Summary: 

  • Dominique shares her story of being a single mother of a sweet little girl who has a syndrome of doose syndrome. This type of syndrome has caused her daughter to have anywhere up to 300 seizures a day. While taking care of her child, she found it hard to keep a job so, she started her own cleaning business!
  • While Dominique was running her new cleaning business, she came up with the idea of an automatic shower cleaner called, The Shower Bot. It's basically like a Rumba for your shower! This invention has led her to be featured on the show Shark Tank in January 2019!
  • Dominique talks about how she came up with the decision to start her own business. We chat about the need to be there for our special needs children at the drop of a hat and it can sometimes get in the way of a typical job.
  • Dominique shares the story of how the invention of The Shower Bot turned into a reality. After some obstacles, she decided to go forward with getting the patent. She hopes to show her daughter that she can go after anything that she sets her mind to!
    • "Never give up on anything you want!" - Dominique Davis

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