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Mommies working for mommies

posted 6 May 2011, 15:50 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 May 2011, 15:52 ]
Two New York City sisters created their own business that caters to moms with daily social events and plan to add part-time help as the idea catches on and the economy improves.
 USA-MOM ENTEPRENEURS - Benjamin Schenk is celebrating at a Mother's Day Event at Kidville in New York City. And he'll have a lot more events on his social calendar ahead if Leslie Venokur and Risa Goldberg have anything to say about it. The sisters are the founders of Big City Moms.com, which caters events to moms in the city. And, it's big business, with over 50 thousand members, an online community and daily events, like this one.

RISA GOLDDBERG, CO-FOUNDER, BIG CITY MOMS.COM ) SAYING:

"When my sister Leslie and I started it 7 years ago it was more of a side business a hobby we never envisioned it being full time real job and early on we figured hey this is a a real business and we did it part time or we did it from 9pm to 5am after hours for the first 3 or 4 years and 2 years ago I left and did Big City Moms full time."

Goldberg and Venokur make money from the ticket prices and event sponsors. And have expanded beyond the initial audience.

LESLIE VENOKUR, CO-FOUNDER BIG CITY MOMS.COM SAYING:

"We saw that there was a void for programming for working moms, so we created different dinners with different topics. Now we focus on all types of moms."

Big City Moms is adding part-time help as it grows. It's not alone. Employers added jobs at the fastest pace in 11 months in April; non-farm payrolls rose by a higher than expected 244,000. The unemployment rate rose by 2/10ths of one percent to 9 percent suggesting frustrated job hunters may be looking for work again.

Austan Goolsbee, chairman, Council of Economic Advisers:

 AUSTAN GOOLSBEE, CHAIRMAN, WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERSSAYING:

"You see pretty broad based job creation in the last several months of reports; manufacturing is having its best year in almost 15 years, the healthcare sector, education sector, business services."

All good news to this small business - which plans to expand nationwide.

Jill Bennett, Reuters

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