Tips for Mompreneurs & A Chance to Connect at Illuminate 2017

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Mompreneurs in the Triangle

Mompreneur =  a multi-tasking mother who can balance both the stresses of running a home-based business as an entrepreneur, and the time-consuming duties of motherhood at the same time.

The balancing act of being a mompreneur. Does that definition above sound familiar?  Are you balancing the responsibilities of running a small business and raising a family? Many of the amazing mothers on our Raleigh Moms Blog Team are Mompreneurs. They are are running small businesses and maneuvering through the twisty gauntlet of motherhood and work.  

Female-owned businesses now account for 30 percent of privately held American Companies.

Mompreneurs are everywhere. They’re running small businesses out of their homes, opening up their own brick and mortars or working from co-working spots right here in the Triangle.  

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Vend Raleigh 2016 Illuminate portraits taken in Raleigh, NC by Traci Huffman Photography

Our businesses might each be different but, we do have one thing in common. We all understand the power of connection. 

No one can better understand a Mompreneur’s hustle and drive like another small business owner. 

They speak the language of “entrepreneurship” knowing all the things that go on behind the scenes and understanding the end game. 


For me, finding my tribe as a mother and a small business owner was imperative to my own personal growth and development.  Connecting (not competing) with women who understand and support each other’s work can be the powerful fuel behind any Mompreneur’s hustle.

Cary Heise founder and owner of Vend Raleigh, a unique professional group with over 3,000 women who lead or own small businesses in the Triangle has been connecting Mompreneurs online and offline for many years. From workshops to networking events, to active Facebook Groups to large networking conferences Vend Raleigh is helping women and mompreneurs grow their businesses.  

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Vend Raleigh Illuminate

The Vend Raleigh Illuminate Conference is an annual event Cary Heise and her team produces every year.

Cary shares that:

Illuminate is our annual conference bringing business-minded women together to connect and learn. Each year we have a different focus. This year we are less tech, less social media.

For Illuminate 2017 we are looking at the woman business owner closely. This year we’re talking about self-care, finding a tribe, story sharing, and bringing community into business.


(Full Disclosure: I have attended Illuminate the last three years and even had the humbling opportunity to lead a workshop.  I always walk away from Illuminate with stronger connections with my small business community and tools to use in my own business.)


If you’re a small business owner ready to connect and grow your business register now for Vend Raleigh’s Illuminate Conference and join other Triangle area Mompreneurs on Thursday, October 26th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cary Heise, founder of four companies in the Triangle – Vend Raleigh included  also shares her three best tips for small business owners:

Three Tips for Women Who Run Small Businesses

1. Don’t wait for things to be perfect.

  • Websites, for instance, are always a work in progress. Don’t get caught up in the perfect logo design, those things can change as you grow.

2. Know the financial risk your spouse or partner is comfortable with and honor that.

  • Practice investing profits into your business and become a separate entity from family funds.

3. Grow your community while you grow your new business.

Be willing to collaborate and cross promote with other businesses that compliment yours.


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Vend Raleigh 2016 Illuminate portraits taken in Raleigh, NC by Traci Huffman Photography

Join Cary Heise, myself and other Mompreneurs in the Triangle at the Vend Raleigh Illuminate Conference on Thursday, October 26th from 9:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. 

There’s a seat waiting for you!






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