Welcome to the Confidently Connected Inspiring Mom Blog Series, in which I feature moms who inspire connection among mothers in their communities. This month I’d like to introduce you to Beth Beseau, facilitator of Kansas City Mompreneurs!
I first met Beth McElwain Beseau at a presentation I gave to a group of moms. She invited me to join her group the KC Mompreneurs, which includes more than 200 mom entrepreneurs from across the Kansas City area. Through her website, social media, including her popular Facebook group, and networking and shopping events, Beth is instrumental in helping moms connect with customers, as well as, find support and network with other business-oriented moms.
Beth worked in the accounting and financial field before she retired and became a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful boys. Two years ago, Beth was looking for her chance to start her own business. Although she was tempted to become a financial advisor, she instead launched Frugal Froggie which is a website that shares tips for frugal living, frugal resources, recipes, and reviews.
CMH: You are a busy working mom. What inspired you to start KC Mompreneurs?
Beth: I wanted an affordable place for moms to network and grow their business. Having attended events that were expensive to join and to attend, and usually children are not able to attend, I wanted a place for a mom to network as a business owner and bring her kids if she needed to bring them.
Originally the group was more of networking playdates, but the group as grown so quickly that we have not had a networking playdate in a while. I do hope to begin the networking playdates again in the fall.
CMH: What has surprised you most about the networking group?
Beth: I truly want a place for a mom to get her piece of the pie. Most stay-at-home moms left the workforce to be stay-at-home moms. Having just a little bit of success for the stay-at-home can mean the world to her. That boost of self confidence is just amazing to see. And to see a mompreneur who was nervous to present to a room full of mompreneurs and have an amazing presentation and be thrilled with herself and job well done is what keeps me going. It makes me smile to see that nervous mompreneur smile as she says to herself, “I did it!”
CMH: What advice do you have for moms who are feeling isolated?
Beth: It is so hard to be a mom and start a business, let alone do them together at the same time. It is great to have a group that is there to support and help you grow your business. And even better, that it is a group of moms who completely understand the unique experience of being a business owner and mom.
Want to learn more about Kansas City Mompreneurs? Visit www.KCMompreneurs.com. The group is also on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.
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