Huggies Grant Applications Due 9/30

by Maria Bailey on September 19, 2014

If you’ve got a fabulous product that would make moms’ busy lives easier, even if it’s only an idea on paper, I encourage you to apply for a Huggies MomInspired grant. Imagine what you could do with $15,000! So many mom inventors (and now a dad) will tell you how much this grant means to their business. Not only are there stories remarkable, but they are willing to share their experiences and knowledge with other mompreneurs. Take a look through prior posts on this blog, and on the Huggies MomInspired site to see what the grants are doing for moms…like you! If you know of a parent who has the best idea, share the information about the program. The deadline for applications for this year is September 30, 2014.  At the ABC Expo in Vegas earlier this month, I had the chance to speak with Nick (Kimberly-Clark) about the program:

Mentoring and Opportunities

by Maria Bailey on June 25, 2014

One of the many things I love about working with Huggies MomInspired moms is the ability to work with amazing, talented mompreneurs who are also more than willing to mentor others. Whether it’s general advice, sharing of resources and opportunities or even a quick tip, I find a true willingness among the group to help other women achieve business goals. If you scroll down the posts here, you’ll find valuable posts with Huggies grant winners sharing their knowledge and experience.
Psi Bands inventor Romy Taormina is an excellent example. When I asked for help promoting one of of my own products (which I sometimes forget to do), Romy stepped up a few times (big thanks to Romy and her team). In one of her newsletters with Premama content in it, I was pleased to catch this article by Romy about the MomInspired grant program and her valuable business advice! Enjoy.
Entrepreneur Corner

Calling all mothers of invention! Applications for the 2014 Huggies® MomInspired Grant Program are now being accepted. Psi Bands won in 2011 – now it’s your turn.
Is your little bundle of joy a bundle of inspiration? The Huggies® MomInspired™ Grant Program is awarding up to $15,000 to further the development of innovative products inspired by the joys of motherhood.
So whether you’re a technical wizard or just a part-time tinkerer, Huggies® is helping you turn your ideas into a reality.
As a past winner, I know that being an entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work, so I would like to share these 5 great entrepreneurial tips, based on my experience:
  • What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? It’s actually my favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • What is the one thing you wish you knew starting your business that you know now? “No” doesn’t mean “no” forever. It usually means “no” for the time being. Be politely persistent and follow up. The “no” may lead to a “yes”.
  • How has the Huggies MomInspired grant differentiated you from other baby and child care brands? We have the clout of being recognized by a major consumer brand. This prestige instills confidence in our customers and retailers, thus driving sales.
  • What advice would you give to those in the early phases of their business? Create a road map so you know your long-term vision. And then take one step at a time.
  • What is one of the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your career? The entrepreneurial journey is full of ups and downs. Savor it.

How To Go From Idea to Product

by huggiesmom_admin on April 7, 2014

If you’ve got an idea for a product, Erin (the creator of Hulabye) and Maria Bailey (MomTV) chat about how to create a prototype, good resources for information and much more.