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SARASOTA Lauren Haney thinks she was born with a knack for business and an entrepreneurial spirit.
joke that I been hustling since I was 10 years old, she says. remember holding a kid camp in my parent garage. I had activities and charged them and everything. years later, Haney is a math teacher at Brookside Elementary School. She a single mother of two. And she owns and runs the Sarasota Moms Blog.
Haney is more of an entrepreneur than a journalist. She less interested in sharing her feelings than building her company. She a cheerful workaholic driven to work nights and weekends.
Her mother and father, who live in Sarasota, help drop off and pick up her kids from school, parks and soccer practice. In fact, to make things easier, she and her son and daughter are moving into a new house with her parents.
people don understand why I want to work as a teacher, and raise my kids, and run the blog, Haney says. people look at me and think that I crazy. the day before Easter, the Sarasota Moms Blog hosted its first event, a brunch called Bloom, at the Berlin Branch of the Sarasota Family YMCA.
Haney showed up early to prepare displays such as a backdrop for mothers to take baby bump photos. She wore a pink skirt, denim jacket and tireless smile.
At 6 feet tall, she stood out in the crowd, even while wearing flip flops.
need to change my shoes, Haney said, scouting around for a pair of chic leather sandals. been wearing athletic clothes, setting up things. Got Groove
Bloom was a small show, compared with a Healthy Start Coalition event the following weekend, but several dozen moms showed up.
They ate snacks, listened to a panel discussion and browsed through booths with a remarkable range of mommy products and services.
Diaper wallets, baby leggings and flexible silicon spoons. Sarasota Family Acupuncture, Doodle It Books and Sweetie Pie Lactation Smoothies.
All of the mompreneurs seemed to be having Starbucks or drinks from the Clever Cup Coffee Shop. None of them seemed to have traditional white business cards.
Most of them were mint, gray or lavender. Some came with pink ribbons.
who runs Your New Birth Services, offered extra long cards with extra long lists: DONA Trained Birth Doula, Artistic Belly Castings and Blessings Way Party Planning, to name a few.
much do moms read? Campano asked. read a lot, right? Why not have a bookmark instead of a business card? Murphy, a contributor at the Sarasota Moms Blog, runs a prenatal and baby wearing dance fitness business. It called Mama Got Groove.
She has a 2 year old son and an 8 month old daughter
was actually my inspiration for starting this program, Murphy said. wanted something to do when I had her and I wanted to keep dancing. Rowe, a chiropractor from Lakewood Ranch, sells everything from natural oils to the latest designs in cloth diapers. Her boutique is called Crunchy Mama Granola Baby.
She has three children, but it was her two miscarriages that prompted her to start a baby business. For her, making a profit was less important than dealing with grief.
was like, ‘What can I do so other moms don feel so alone?’ Rowe said. a fun outlet for me and a way to reach out to other moms. viewfinder
Amy Nicole, a photographer with Heart tattooed on her left wrist, had a table near the entrance.
She was one of the few women who wasn a mom, pregnant or both.
nooo, said the 28 year old. not time yet for me. is a graphic designer at Sarasota Magazine but she always enjoyed photography and portrait work.
Working moms always impress her. How do they do everything? Then there are the moms who become entrepreneurs, which is a whole new level.
so badass, Nicole said. do many things and play so many roles. Club of Manatee
Healthy Start had a table at Bloom. So did the Forty Carrots Family Center. And the Moms Club of Manatee County.
Carla Santoro, president of the Moms Club, thinks Florida mothers have a special need for parent groups and social organizations. Many of them left family and friends behind when they moved to the Gulf Coast.
need a support system, Santoro said. can raise kids without a support system. You go out of your mind. should know. Seven years ago, she moved from Pennsylvania to Florida. She didn know anyone, so she joined the Moms Club.
Santoro, 39, worked at Quest Diagnostics for nearly two decades. Now she a stay at home mom who marvels at the energy of mompreneurs.