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Mamas & Co. is a community of moms who run their own businesses with the aim to connect, support and inspire one another by sharing our common goals and experiences. We believe that life can be rich in all areas and it is possible to be happy and fulfilled while enjoying the delicate balancing act that is life, love, family and entrepreneurial endeavors. We believe in women helping women in a supportive and non-competitive environment. We believe in sharing ideas and educating one another. We believe that there is room for everyone to contribute, grow and succeed in business and in life.

Changing the Mean Girls Narrative (or Why I Co-Lead Mamas & Co.)

Changing the Mean Girls Narrative (or Why I Co-Lead Mamas & Co.)

Many people have asked me why I joined Lianne Kim to lead Mamas & Co. a year ago. I’m an engineer, my small business is sustainability consulting rather than business consulting, and I had only known Lianne for a year. But my story actually starts much earlier than all of that. It starts when I was 10 years old, and the bullying began.

As a kid I was strong-willed and confident with who I was. In other words, I didn’t really try to fit in. I just did me. But I was (and still am) pretty sensitive and emotional. And it turns out, that made me a prime target for my first experience being bullied. I was invited to “friends’” houses and intentionally excluded from activities, or pressured into situations I didn’t want to be in. I was called names. Girls would not-so-subtly whisper things about me, spreading untrue rumours. I was told, indirectly, that I was not good enough for them.

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Don't Forget About Your Real-Life Community

Don't Forget About Your Real-Life Community

With so much pressure to grow an online presence, it can be easy to forget about opportunities right in our own backyards. This story of how one speech pathologist grew her business is a great reminder of this:

I grew up in a large extended family that took over our small Scarborough street. Our dentist, doctor, and orthodontist, were within walking distance; each knew all the members of my family and often felt like a part of our fold.

I was educated in NY state, returned home to work for a year, then left with my partner for Australia. We lived in a small town and I worked at a local hospital seeing in-patients, out-patients, and doing community visits.  At the beginning, going to the bar on a Friday night and seeing the parents or children that I had worked with was very unnerving and uncomfortable (for me). I would try to blend in the background and avoid chit chat. Soon though, it was a pleasure to run into families outside of work. I began to understand and appreciate that we were neighbours, had a working relationship, and that I was an important person in their child’s life. I moved from wanting them to see me as “professional”, to seeing me as a neighbour...

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10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

If you are trying to brand your business, come up with creative content or copy or develop new products and services, getting in touch with your creative side is key. The more you try to force an insight, the more you prevent the insight. Makes sense right? Cultivating creativity does not always come easy.

So what can you do to set yourself up for some creative thinking? Here are 10 ways to increase creativity.

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