Mom Business in the Spotlight – Market Mommies

Market Mommies blazed onto the World Wide Web in 2010 and has created a platform for Mom owned businesses, a premiere showcase for unique businesses and blogs to connect with mothers who need their services.  Toni, the visionary behind this great site, works hard for what she believes in.  It is evident through her creative advertising options available to small business owners.  I personally am a fan of Moms Night Out which is a shopping extravaganza held on Facebook, beautiful, original products made by moms! J

There are several opportunities through Market Mommies to build your business, so check them out, www.marketmommies.com.

Toni is planning to expand Market Mommies and they are in the running for a grant, so let’s support and help them win! Click here to vote, Mom Central Grant Contest.  Good luck!

This business gets the Cute Beltz, the place for the cutest kids belts, SEAL OF APPROVAL!

**Moms, if you have a great idea, start executing your plan to get your business off the ground.  There are many resources and many individuals willing to help, so stop making excuses and GO FOR IT!

Cute Beltz – 2011 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition

Yes!! Cute Beltz, the coolest and cutest belts for kids, is in the running, so if you love us, like we love you, give us a VOTE!. 

Click here to vote, Cute Beltz – 2011 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition.

Thus far, this year has been an exciting time.  Watching my business develop is awesome and I owe you all much thanks for your continued support.

Have a wonderful day and keep shooting for the stars!

Cute Beltz(Belts for Kids) + Social Media is Great for Small Business!

I am still amazed by the impact of social media.  There are so many social outlets that it is impossible to belong to everyone, so you have to focus on a few to make a real impact.  For me, I have found that Facebook is phenomenal because not only am I connecting with friends and family I have not seen in years, but it has become an excellent marketing tool for my business, Cute Beltz.  I knew people needed belts for toddlers and kids up to age six, but the response through Facebook has been amazing.  I often think, where would I be without Facebook?  My business has grown immensely because of this platform.  Not only is the Fan page invaluable, the Facebook marketing is amazing!  Facebook is a great tool for getting the word out about a small business.

I have also found twitter to be another tool that I just love.  I have met many people that I KNOW I would have never met in this lifetime.  Not only are people willing to engage in conversation with a perfect stranger, they often check in on you to see how things are going.  I find it really wonderful when I say, “Good Morning” and I receive replies from my regular’s and new friends.  Good feeling to be acknowledged.

Blogging is also a great outlet for meeting people and learning about others lives.  I am really digging Blog Frog, to be able to view so many intriguing stories through different communities, is quit cool.  I am still a novice at blogging, but working hard to understand how everything connects.  I am always up for a challenge!

I also use Linkedin, great for business connections, www.socialmoms.com (formerly twittermoms) and my newbie Savor The Success, a lot of great women doing their thang! 

I am grateful for how the internet has exploded and my business thanks you too! 

Keep tweeting, FB’ing, etc. because we are bound to meet.  I look forward to meeting you somewhere on the world wide web, PEACE!

Join US, we LOVE to meet new FABULOUS people, just like you.  Have a great day!

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A testimonial makes it all worth it! Small Businesses RULE

I have been contemplating this blog for approximately 3 weeks.   Just finding the time was difficult to sit down and dedicate myself to writing it, but I thought it was very important to share a testimonial I received from one of my best wholesale clients.

 I constantly hear, share your testimonials it is key in running a small business, so I am taking this opportunity to share a testimonial I received that REALLY made my day!  She writes, Online the belts look nice but once I opened the box and I saw them I was really impressed. You make a wonderful product. The belts are super cute and really well made!!!  I am very happy I ordered them.”  –M.V.

 Many small businesses are born out of a need, so when it comes to making a product many of us are novice, we learn as we go along.  When I started my business I did not know how to use a sewing machine, I am self taught with the exception of sewing a button on every once and a while.  Now, I can sew a toddler/kid’s belt in the blink of an eye.  My intention as a business owner is to deliver a product which is of great quality and in my case useful for children, thanks M.V. for the validation.

 So, share those testimonials, it’s what drives people to buy your product.  I know I certainly love hearing GOOD NEWS to help in my buying decisions. 

Cheers!

Cute Beltz

www.CuteBeltz.com

Being a Mompreneur and Why I choose Kids Belts as a Small Business

I am re-posting my story.  So many, ask me why I choose kids belts as business.  Well, we all find our passion by accident or in my case when I had children.  When it falls into your lap there is a reason why!  As a rule of thumb, I never question why things happen, I just go with the flow and listen to that inside voice and my angels. 🙂  So, here’s my story…..

“Mommy, my pants keep falling down!” Kristen Stevens must have heard that a thousand times from her little girl.  She knew after hearing those same words echoed over and over again, she had to come up with a solution.  The pins in the pants were a nuisance and dangerous, every belt you found was too big for your child’s waist, as a result Cute Beltz was born.

In November of 2008, Kristen, wife and mother of 2 toddlers, launched CuteBeltz(www.CuteBeltz.com), a line of children belts and accessories for children 12 months to 6 years old. “The response has been extraordinary!”, says Stevens.  “Parents are ecstatic about finding a belt that keeps their child’s pants up.” Kristen goes on to add that parents have also shared with her that with each use, they are witnessing their child’s self confidence heighten each time they put CuteBeltz on.

Kid belts are an essential part of a child’s wardrobe.  Not only are kid belts essential they allow a child to develop the motor skills and confidence one needs to figure things out and with a growing number of children with special needs, we found it essential to design a belt, the Velcro belt, which could be used by all children.

As Kristen watch her children develop, she realized that they depend less on her, and begin to develop their own thoughts and opinions.  She knew this was an exceptional product as I watched my little girl put on her belt and I reached to help her and she said, “Mommy, Big Girls Can Do It!”  The joy on her face when she fastened the belt was my Aha! (Oprah’s famous word) moment.  If a belt could make my child this happy, I knew this was a great product.

Kids love the colors and patterns.  Parents have said, “Oh my gosh, a belt! Thank you, now my child’s pants will stay up”.  An educator told me, “I feel so awkward assisting children when they go to the bathroom, this belt is a lifesaver”.  Another pointed out the need and ease-of-use is ideal for children with special needs.

Children have said, “WOW, look at the colors, how cute!”  It is wonderful to know so many parents, educators and especially children love the product.  There are a variety of styles to choose from.  Girls can wear the belts with skirts, pants or even accessorize a dress.  The boy’s belts look great with any pant, i.e. khaki’s, jeans, shorts or dress pants.  Children love adding a little pizzazz!

Cute Beltz are easy to use.  I have found that children love the D-ring belts because it adds another look to their outfit.  Kids also love the Velcro belts because the are very easy to use, especially during potty training and are great for children with special needs.

Cute Beltz continues to expand its product line and will be releasing its fall collection by mid August, so keep an eye out for the new “Cute Beltz for Cute Kidz!”

About Cute Beltz

Cute Beltz, www.CuteBeltz.com, is an online children’s boutique which offers a variety of belts for toddler boys and girls, ranging in age from 12 months to 6 years old.  Cute Beltz products can be found online at http://www.CuteBeltz.com.  Join our Mailing List and receive the latest information on upcoming sales and new products.  Kristen Stevens is the owner of Cute Beltz.  All inquiries and correspondence should be directed to info@CuteBeltz.com.

 

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