Being the immigrant of a traditional blue collar European family, I had a first-hand glimpse into the challenges of motherhood. My mother played a very important role in our household, supporting the family at home as well as providing for us financially. She worked a regular job, and together with my father planned for our future. My mother taught me the value of hard work—displaying the spirit, commitment, and work ethic of a true entrepreneur.
In Canada, these inspiring “mompreneurs” are more than just a growing demographic. Statistics Canada recently estimated that women account for 80% of new business owners, and a large percentage of these women are mothers. And a study by the Calgary Mompreneur Networking Group recently noted that many mompreneurs are under the age of 40. This means that they have young families, and as any parent of a young family knows, finding time to streamline business processes (or for just about anything else for that matter) is never easy.
To celebrate their contribution to the Canadian economy, we recently partnered with Erica Ehm, creator and publisher of YummyMummyClub.ca to find mompreneurs that are ‘making it happen’ across Canada. Janet Weldon was our top pick as Canada’s most inspiring mompreneur, along with four other finalists.
She is the owner of Urban Wellness Studio, a business that grew out of her own personal battle with postpartum depression. She showed us all that inspiration may knock at unexpected times – you just need the chutzpah to answer.