Innovative Moms Listen Up! You could win a $20,000.00 Grant from Whirlpool.

Whirlpool brand has recently kicked-off the fourth annual Mother of
Invention Grant Program. In the past three years, Whirlpool brand has
recognized and helped more than 15 moms turn their innovative ideas into
reality.

The Whirlpool brand Mother of Invention Grant Program provides seed
money and expert guidance to moms to turn their invention, business or
service ideas into full-fledged businesses. Contest winners receive:

* A $20,000 grant for the grand prize winner

* $24,000 in grant money for the four runners-up

* Appliance prizes

* Invitation to business boot camp where winners will
receive guidance from Whirlpool and industry experts

This year, they are greening the program by adding a new category focused
on moms who create an environmentally friendly product/service or use
natural/recycled materials to create their invention.

More information and entry forms can be found at www.whirlpool.com/moms.
Entries are accepted through July 31, 2008.

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Interview with Mompreneur – MJennings Designs, LLC

I had the opportunity to interview a wonderful work at home mom,
Melissa from MJennings Designs, LLC.  MJennings Designs, LLC
carries fantastic jewelry gifts for moms and her little princess.
But it goes farther than that, she offers bridal services,
religious gifts, and you can even host your own jewelry party
for some great rewards!  
Here you can read all about Melissa, her business and some tips on
how you too can follow your life's passion!
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MWAV: How long have you been a WAHM?
MJ: 1 year as MJennings Designs, LLC

MWAV: Tell me a little bit about your business and how you came
up with the idea. 
MJ: I make personalized name bracelets and beaded jewelry.
I started as a hobby when I was waiting for our adoption
to be final (my son was born in Guatemala) and after he
came home I "retired" from teaching high school to
stay home with him.  I decided to turn the hobby I loved
into a business and that is how MJennings Designs was born!

MWAV: What did you do prior to owning your own business? 
MJ: Taught High School
(Family and Consumer Sciences Education) for 11 years.

MWAV: How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
MJ: 1, Peyton (a boy) who is 3

MWAV: How do you juggle work and family?
MJ: I am very organized and I use naptime like a planning
period.  The second Peyton goes down I work hard!  I also
have a very supportive husband and bead into the night
to fill orders!

MWAV: What do you feel has brought the most success
in promoting your business?
MJ: Networking on Forums 

MWAV: What has been your biggest challenge?
MJ:  Time management

MWAV: What are your 2008 business goals?
MJ: Expand my business with more avenues of advertising.

MWAV: Do you have any advice for other WAHM's just starting out?
MJ: Hard work and determination pays off!

MWAV: What are you the most proud of?
MJ: The customer thank you's and repeat business that I have gotten.

MWAV: What do you feel is the number one pro & number one con of
working for yourself? 
MJ: PRO-You set your own hours and work when you want too.
CON-It takes a lot of hard work to get the business going
and off the ground.
Melissa Jennings, Owner and Designer
MJennings Designs, LLC
Personalized Name Bracelets and Beaded
Jewelry Custom Designed For You!
Visit my website: www.mjenningsdesigns.com
Visit my blog: http://mjenningsdesigns.blogspot.com

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