Yes, a website for and about America’s childless women was my idea, but without encouragement from other NotMoms, advertising and marketing pros, bloggers and others, I might never have uploaded the first post. Now, a group of anonymous investors has sent an even stronger message of support: $5,000.
Last February, The NotMom.com was selected as one of 10 finalists in a fabulous micro-lending program for Ohio’s entrepreneurial women: Bad Girl Ventures. Currently available in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, it features 9 weeks of business development classes and coursework open to the public at $25/class and free for finalists. Men are welcome, though few attend. (It might be just as well — consensus among female students was that their openness to ask questions might be squashed with men in the class. Who said full-grown women are any different from 7th grade girls?)
At graduation ceremonies on May 16, The NotMom.com received a $5,000 low-interest loan in a 3-way tie for Second Place. Translation? We’re on to something here, ladies!
FYI – First Prize went to Alison Musser’s Babies Travel Too. Yep. Babies & NotMoms, winners all.
Alison’s company provides name-brand baby furniture at your home or hotel when little visitors are expected. The other $5,000 winners included Kelley Hynds (current company: Hyndsight Productions. Future company: Hyndsight Media, producers of short, easy-to-understand videos with details about topics in the news) and Anne Harnett, owner of Harness Cycle in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
Photo Credit: McKinley Wiley/The Dark Room Co.