MIH 048:Interview with Urbana Chappa

On this week’s podcast, I enjoyed speaking with mompreneur, Urbana Chappa.

Interview with Urbana Chappa at Mompreneurs In Heels Podcast
Urbana is  fashion designer and celebrity stylist. She began her company Maison de Mini, which is an eco-friendly children’s fashion line which focuses on creating from bamboo, soy, and hemp. Her husband is a songwriter for Bruno Mars and has written many songs such as “Just The Way You Are”. They have four adorable children together and she is an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and giving back to many children causes. Urbana is raw, real, and authentic.

On today’s podcast she gives an unhindered transparency of her experience with postpartum depression and how she overcame it through finding her passion in the fashion world. We also talk about the realities of balancing life as a mom in business and what it means to take care of and make yourself a priority.

What we talked about:

  • What lead her into the world of fashion design and styling
  • Her struggles with postpartum depression and how she managed and overcame it
  • Where she got inspiration for her designs
  • How she developed her different clothing lines
  • Some of her favorite style clients   (Diane Warren, her husband songwriter to Bruno Mars Natasha Henstridge from Species)
  • Her biggest passion in life and how her fashion lines reflect her life mission
  • How having a family affected her career on a day to day basis and how she balances motherhood with running her company
  • Urbana’s words of advice for mompreneurs out there wanting to live their dreams, but who also really care deeply for family and being a great mom

Encouragement Takeaways

As women we should… Be comfortable in our skin! Embrace ourselves! It’s all about being okay with who we are in each season of our lives.

How to reach Urbana Chappa

Maison De Mini UrbanaChappa.com

MIH 044:Mompreneur Spotlight: Andrea Thorpe

This was one of my favorite interviews because Andrea and I share something in common as mompreneurs: we both homeschool!

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Who is Andrea Thorpe?

Why she began her blog

  • She began her blog because  it was only natural to write about her current lifestyle of homeschooling
  • She was having a hard time finding homeschool materials and resources specifically for African American students and wanted to reach out to other moms who were looking for similar resources
  • It started with 12 moms and grew to over 2,000 people in just a few years

What she enjoys most about her blog

  • She loves being able to help and encourage people with topics on marriage, parenting, and homeschooling.  She feels it is important to give back to others and provide assistance to her audience in taking some of the guess work out of the research they are doing on homeschooling.
  • She also enjoys networking: meeting people and developing in-real-life friendships through her Facebook group.

About Andrea’s kids and a snapshot in her life as a mompreneur

  • Andrea has 3 girls: ages 12, 10, and 5.  She will be homeschooling 8th grade, 5th grade and 1st grade during her upcoming school year.
  • Her oldest daughter is an athlete and plays soccer and also plays piano.  Her middle daughter is artistic and enjoys sewing, art, and dance.  Her youngest stays busy!
  • In order to balance her day, she starts planning the night before with a decent bedtime. She strives for an earlier wake-up time and each morning she starts the day with prayer, devotions, and planning time.  Her next goal is to plan for her blog posts and graphics.
  • On a good day she can accomplish about 2 hours of private work time before the kids arise.  This is the time that most of her work is accomplished.
  • She also garners the support of her husband during his early day off from work to help with the children while she gets a bit of work done.

Additional advice for mompreneurs and work at home moms:

  • Write things down and look at your schedule. Be realistic about when you can really work.
  • Fit your blogging and work life around your kids’ schedule.
  • Keep your family priorities aligned.
  • Exercise discipline and stick to the schedule.
  • Limit your distractions from the computer. Keep social media and email for a separate time.

Ways to reach Andrea



African American Homeschool Moms Facebook Group

Instagram: andrea.thorpe


I enjoyed this chat with Andrea Thorpe- this week’s Spotlight Mompreneur!  What are some of your takeaways from this podcast?  

MIH 026:How to Form an LLC

Listen to “026:Forming an LLC-Interview with Nellie Akalp of Corpnet” on Spreaker.

On today’s podcast we’ll discuss how to form an LLC, creating trademarks, a bit about copyrights, and a lot about Nellie’s ability to balance it all.  Allow me to introduce Nellie Akalp. Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur, small business advocate, speaker and author. Through the various Do-It-Yourselfand Business-Startupservices she has founded since 1997, she has formed over 200,000 corporations and LLCs for small business owners. Her last company was acquired by Intuit in 2005. Today, she and her husband, Phil, operate CorpNet.com where they help entrepreneurs start a business, Incorporate, Form an LLC, set up Sole Proprietorships (DBAs) and maintain a business in compliance with state filing requirements for a new or existing business. Nellie shares her expert tips with readers at Forbes, Entrepreneur and Mashable and is a regular guest expert on the Fox Small Business Center. She was named a Top 100 Small Business Influencer in 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Small Business Trends. Nellie has presented a workshop at Small Biz Expo and sat down with members of Girls in Tech, General Assembly and more to inspire and motivate others to make their business dreams a reality.

How Corpnet was inspired:

She and her husband both attended law school. Back in 1997, Nellie’s husband came up with the idea of taking their law school education and come up with a service that would solve a problem and cater to anyone nationwide by helping them to start a businesses online at a competitive cost.

Nellie Akalp’s story:

Her husband would post information on the internet about business law, and began to think about starting a competitive business online. They purchased a domain name for $100, and began receiving orders and putting together their marketing and branding. It wasn’t long before their business began growing rapidly.  In 2005, they were given the opportunity to be purchased by a publicly traded company, for $20 million. At this time she’d had her first set of twins and also had a toddler and decided to focus her energies with them.  She also began to realize by 2009 that their passions were in helping entrepreneurs form their businesses. To date Nellie has formed over 100,000 LLC’s.

Filing a DBA or LLC- which is better?

Business owners should consider setting up themselves as an LLC if the business is making profit for the following reasons:
  • liability protection
  • credibility
  • tax breaks
  • privacy
For less than $100, you should consider incorporating your business.

The process of creating an LLC:

(Corpnet provides many of these services free of charge)
  • Make sure you have a business name and that it is available
  • Figure out which  state you will set up the LLC
  • Have a business address
  • Have a registered agent address
  • Names, members, or officers of the shareholders of the LLC
  • File the appropriate paperwork. (Corpnet will set this up for you.)

How to create a trademark:

  • Do a simple name search
  • Conduct a trademark search
  • If available, do a comprehensive nationwide search
  • File the application with the USPTO and pay the filing fees, or go through a reputable filing company (like Corpnet) who will partner with you throughout the entire filing process (and add $145 service fee to Corpnet).
Having a trademark filed will protect you against trademark infringement.

Be careful in the blogging world!

  • Copying work and written material and republishing without permission is copyright infringement.  Bottom line: don’t do it!

How Nellie balances family with business:

Nellie keeps a tight leash on her priorities.  Spiritually, mentally, and physically, she stays focused on her goals.  Her order of priority:
  • Taking care of herself spiritually, mentally, and physically.
  • Her husbands and kids
  • Her team at Corpnet and business

Other life balance tips for business moms:

  • Take life  day by day
  • Keep super organized
  • Planning your day
  • Get things done (rather than letting things get piled up)
  • Stay organized and regimented with your routine and lifestyle.
  • Have open communication with your kids at home about teamwork within the home and explain to your children why you’ve chosen your lifestyle of work and how it benefits the entire family.

Please let Nellie know how you enjoyed the podcast here at Mompreneurs in Heels. You can reach her at Corpnet.com.

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MIH 024:Fulfilling Your Purpose In Business & Family:

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Welcome to the Mompreneurs in Heels Podcast. On today’s podcast episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing LaRita Wilcher who was a former collegiate coach for 15 years. This is a series of reflections on her lifestyle led her to where she is today.

She now owns a software and recruiting service called Recruit Scheduling Solutions, and does all this while balancing a family life, and fulfilling her purpose in business & family.

What brought LaRita into the world of entrepreneurship/mompreneurship:

She is married and a parent, and has been coaching for 15 years on the collegiate level. After 10 years, she began to question whether or not she wanted to continue what felt to her like a rat race. She began to miss her family and questioned if she was really fulfilling her purpose in life.

Breaking point and transition period:

Her breaking point was when on her son’s 5th birthday, he asked for a suitcase for Christmas so that he could travel with his mother. At this point, LaRita realized she would need to find another way to live her life so that she could have a balance between life and work.

LaRita’s first steps into transitioning happened over a period of a year as she continued to feel the frustration of traveling frequently. She began to have thoughts about leaving coaching in order to pursue a business idea. With her husband’s encouragement, she finally acted upon her instincts and stepped out in faith.

What LaRita does:

LaRita assists coaches in being more efficient and organized with the way they recruit. She helps coaches organize their list of top prospects through software she has created.

All about teamwork:

In order to be successful, we need to work in a team. LaRita has elected people who have similar goals, qualities, and passions as she does. She is blessed to have been able to team up with a lifelong friend from high school (a pilot working for United) who contributes to her business. There are others on her team as well.

How does LaRita balance family and business?

LaRita  has decided to homeschool her son in addition to balancing work. The way  she balances this is to be very forgiving and lenient of herself.

She gets up super early in the a.m. to run her business. At around noon she works with her son’s schooling, although she also believes that life experience is an educational opportunity. She follows spiritual prompting to know when and how to balance out her life.

LaRita’s company is Recruit Scheduling Solutions and her slogan is We Save You Time. She believes that her business is a part of her overall purpose.

To find out more about what LaRita’s company offers by visiting Recruit Scheduling Solutions.

How about you?

Do you feel that your business is part of your purpose? How do your business and family coincide to help you fulfill your life’s purpose?



MIH 021:Why mompreneurs must support each other

Listen to “021:Why mompreneurs must support each other” on Spreaker.

In this podcast, the first one in 2015, I come back with exciting news about upcoming changes. I also share three main reasons why mompreneurs should support one another, and two honors I have received in the past three months.

HUGE shout-out to Neoshi Yaki for including me in her January 2015 issue of Million Moms In Action magazine as a featured mompreneur.

You know why I absolutely love being a mompreneur? Because we stick together. We support one another. We help each other succeed. That circle of sisterhood is a must-have for support, motivation, and encouragement. That’s why I just needed to take some time out today and properly thank Neoshi for her hard work and efforts in pulling together a resource for women entrepreneurs.

Mompreneurs must support one another.  It’s mompreneurs like Neoshi Yaki whom I appreciate for promoting teamwork through support.

Building is better than tearing down.

Have you noticed the clique-y groups- moms who divide themselves among the have’s and have-not’s?  This pitiful attitude works against us, keeping us from building our futures. If we tear each other down, what do we have left? I need what you bring to the table.  You need what I can offer.  We need each other in this world, and in business, so let’s work on building each other up.

We’re stronger together.

I love this bible passage:

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 1 Corinthians 12:21

How ludicrous to imagine that we could simply do away with any part of our body because we don’t seen an immediate use for it. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed far too many girl clubs and female groups that operate in this backward mentality.  In fact, I have oftentimes dismissed myself and gracefully bowed out from groups that I sense is going in an awkward direction.

Ladies, we need each other! As moms, we are stronger together.  As wives, friends, and confidantes, we are stronger together.  As daughters, nieces, aunts, and cousins, we are stronger together.  And as business women, we are stronger together. If we can learn to pool together our resources and assets, we can have a collection of strength that outlasts us.

The future depends on us.

As a mompreneur, you have kids- and you know what I’m talking about when I say that our kids are literally watching us. Oftentimes they follow in our footsteps when they’ve seen our successes, or they make decisions to never repeat the mistakes we did because they watched us fail a time or two.

When we model togetherness and teamwork, our daughters and sons come to see the value in what we are promoting. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll be able to pass the baton  of entrepreneurship to them, and watch our kids soar in businesses they love. But it all starts with us.

Go ahead and subscribe to her magazine and mailing list, and download a copy of this month’s issue. I’m on page 11 if you’d like to take a look at my interview questions.

Here’s to the success of moms in business who know how to support one another!  Thanks, Neoshi.

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Thank you, Mompreneur Media!

I have to give a shout out to Nicole Orozco of Mompreneur Media, who nominated me as one of the Top 50 Mompreneurs to Follow in 2014.

Thank you!!!

You know why I find this particularly exciting? Because mompreneurs are a unique crowd, and I’m honored to be among them.  I wasn’t expecting this honor, but I’m very grateful because it’s just another clue to the direction I’m heading in for the upcoming year 2015- which is focusing more heavily on helping mompreneurs.

So, if you read my last blog post update you’re probably wondering how things have gone with my move.  Well, it happened- we’ve moved and we’re settling in- finally! As I’m enjoying my new home and community in San Jose, California, I’m finding that I’m itching to get back into the groove with the business of helping some of my most favorite peeps: and that’s you, mompreneurs.

You’ll most likely find my blog posts lessen to about one or two per month as I continue my behind-the-scenes action to launch my info product line just for moms in business.  I also have some special ideas for moms of faith- helping you to take a holistic approach to integrating your faith lifestyle with your business.

So, that’s all for this post. Just a huge THANK YOU to Mompreneur Media- and an invitation to all of my readers and listeners to take this poll and let me know how it is I can help you in your business this upcoming year.

Looking forward to finding out your needs, my friends.

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