Ask the Mompreneur | MomsCharlotte.com
JENNIE WONG

Jennie Wong, Ph.D., is a nationally syndicated columnist and the creator of the product quiz website www.ABorC.com.
Email her.

  • Apply for the female full scholarship to Tech Talent South’s Fall Code Immersion Program

    Full scholarship available for women who want to code.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Abby Miressi, Program Director of Tech Talent South .  Skookum Digital Works is offering a full scholarship to their Fall Code Immersion Program for one female applicant, and the deadline to apply is this Sunday, October 19.   Ask the Mompreneur   Tell me a little about Tech Talent South.  What's the story behind the organization, the founders, and the mission?...

    More...
  • Bouncing back in life and business

    How to cope with business failures

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Christine Hassler , life coach and the author of the new book “Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life.”   Ask the Mompreneur   Your new book is about resiliency and recovering from disappointments, something which I think entrepreneurs can really relate to.  Some of us had to bounce back from getting laid off to start a compa...

    More...
  • The next best thing to a friend with a boat is Cruzin

    Cruzin is a safe way for boaters to participate in the sharing economy.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Jaclyn Baumgarten, CEO and founder of Cruzin, a new boater-to-boater rental service that’s basically Airbnb for boats.  Cruzin is based in Florida, and their North Carolina and South Carolina options range from a 24’ powerboat at Lake Norman for $360 a day to a 40’ sailboat in Georgetown for $900 a day.   Ask the Mompreneur   What inspired you to st...

    More...
  • Mompreneur tames child support payments

    SupportPay is a child support payment solution.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Sheri Atwood, founder of the new child support payment platform SupportPay.  She recently raised $1.1 million dollars in venture capital funding from top angel investors including Draper Associates, Salesforce.com, Broadway Angels, and Aspect Ventures.   Ask the Mompreneur   How did your life story lead you to create SupportPay as a solution for managing child support p...

    More...
  • Fixing teacher parent communications – Mompreneur creates tool to stem the flood of school emails and flyers

    SchoolCircle simplifies parent-teach communication

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Elena Krasnoperova, creator of an innovative new online tool for parent teacher communication , www.SchoolCircle.com.   Ask the Mompreneur   When did you realize that communication between teachers and parents was a problem that needed fixing?   Elena Krasnoperova   When my older son (now in 3rd grade) started kindergarten, I began receiving...

    More...
  • 5 qualities of successful mompreneurs

    What do successful mompreneurs have in common?

    This week, we’re featuring a “Best of” Ask the Mompreneur.   Question:   I’ve been told that I would be “great at being my own boss." What attributes do you think make for a successful entrepreneur? Are women naturally better suited to be entrepreneurs because we're used to multitasking and moms even more so?   Answer:   The attributes of a successful entrepreneur are indeed similar to the...

    More...
  • Making a community using Meetup

    Tips for creating a real-life community using Meetup.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, a kid-friendly collective of monthly Meetups for mom entrepreneurs .  Salzman is also a serial entrepreneur , podcaster , and TEDx speaker .   Ask the Mompreneur   I’m a big fan of Meetup.com and have used it to find existing events to help me learn and network.  I’m fascinated by how you’ve used it t...

    More...
  • What’s in a business name?

    Lessons from naming Gift Gather, a cash-gift registry.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Cynthia Kellogg, gifting expert and the founder of the cash-gift registry GiftGather.com.  (You can use GiftGather.com to set up a “fund” for your wedding/honeymoon, birthday, graduation, or other special event, or you can use it to collect funds from a group of people chipping in on a gift for someone.)   Ask the Mompreneur   Of the many challenges busines...

    More...
  • 3 back-to-basics tools for your business

    Business basics from within.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Gaye Esser, a life and business coach for moms and the founder of Redefine Balance .   Ask the Mompreneur   I’m a big believer in the power of fundamentals, versus anything fancy.  I often see business owners get sucked into the latest trends or technologies and just generally making things too complicated.  What advice do you have for a back-to-basics approa...

    More...
  • 5 tips for marketing to moms

    How to reach moms with your brand.

    This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, President and co-founder of The Mother Company, which specializes in safety and social skills media for kids .   Ask the Mompreneur   A lot of companies would love to tap into the mom market, but your company really puts “by moms, for moms” at its very core, right down to the name.  What advice do you have to folks like myself who ar...

    More...