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9 Mom Made Highlights in 9 Years

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9) Launch day at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market in Alexandria VA.   I awoke at 5 am to make a trip to our commercial kitchen I was renting at the time to pull product out of the freezer and have the stand set up by 7 am. After seven months of full-time business planning, it was awesome to see everything come together that morning on that sunny day in late May 2006. My family and friends came to support me and even more fun was meeting our first customers. We still have our first dollar from that day framed on our wall. It’s a day that is crystal clear in my memory.

8) Having a sales background, the thought of getting my foot in the door of our first retailers was daunting but a very fun challenge for me. Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic’s buyer was my first buyer meeting. She said she’d like to put our foods into their 35+ stores in the region. I took a deep breath and said, “I don’t think we can do that right now because we’re making it all by hand. Lets start with the 8 stores in Virginia then grow together into the other stores.” The rest is history. Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic and Mom Made have now been working together for 8.5 years. We are forever grateful for their strong support of our brand.

7) Seeing our product in the freezer of a new retailer. It is a long, tenuous process to sell to a new retailer. Months, sometimes years. It’s so rewarding to see Mom Made in a new home, knowing that new consumers will discover our products.

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6) Moving from our basement in our home to a REAL office. It became official the day the Mom Made logo went up on the front door of the office. Walking through the Mom Made door every morning, I pinch myself at how lucky I am to get to work with such an amazing team and towards a mission of making kids healthier with our organic foods.

5) Hiring new team members. It’s tough to find individuals who hold the experience you’re looking for but also the passion for the mission of what Mom Made stands for. I remember clearly the first day of each of my colleagues joined the Mom Made team. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented group of dedicated professionals.

4) Support from my family, my husband and brother especially. My brother is a chef and helped in the early days with getting my home made recipes ready for large portions. He and his wife (who’s also a chef) have been very helpful along the way. My husband is frequently asked whether he works for Mom Made. His reply is that he’s the Chief Morale Officer. It’s so true and has been a critical piece for me personally on this journey but also as a sounding board for Mom Made as we've grown.

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3) Launching a new product. It takes months (if not years in a few cases) to concept,test, design, produce and sell a new product to be ready for retail. Our most recent product launch was Gluten Free Cheesy Mac. Being onsite in our facility when the first products come off the line is very exciting.

2) Customer letters make our whole team happy.One day we received a letter from the Indiana mother of 5-year old, Adler, who  has brain cancer. Adler had no appetite but his favorite food was Mom Made’s Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites. We immediately stopped what we were doing and put an enormous case of meatballs in the mail with some fun goodies for Adler. We continue to keep Adler in our thoughts and prayers.

1) Mom Made is my third child. The team is part of my extended family. Every day, we laugh, goof around, support each other, challenge each other and work very hard together. There are no politics in our company and no one who doesn’t put in their very best effort. It’s so refreshing and fun to be a part of and lead this incredible team. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come together and I have no doubt that we will be a household name in no time.

Happy 9th birthday, Mom Made!

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Top 25 Women in Business in Washington DC

Good gracious...Look what arrived in the mail today! I am truly honored to be named one of the top 25 leading ladies in Washington DC by the Washington Business Journal.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because what started as a passion for making healthy foods for my kids and launched at the farmer's market has turned into something so much bigger with all that we do at Mom Made Foods. I get to work with an amazing team of staff and partners every day. And, collectively we help make kids healthier and parents lives a little easier by not having to worry about one more healthy meal for their kids.

I'm looking forward to meeting the other honorees!

Leona  Agouridis, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Marla  Malcom Beck, Bluemercury Inc.

Jennifer Bognet, Bognet Construction

Sister Mary Bourdon, Washington School for Girls

Mary Brady, The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

Donna Cooper, Pepco

Tamara Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Tamara Darvish, Darcars Automotive Group

Anita Dunn, SKDKnickerbocker

Margaret Dunning, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company

Celia Edwards Karam, Capital One Bank

Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates Inc.

Denise Hart, O2 Lab Inc.

Laurie Hill, MedImmune

Kathy Hollinger, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

Nazzic Keene, SAIC

Meredith LaPier, CBRE Inc.

Suzanne Laporte, Compass

Susan Neely, American Beverage Association

Sarah Nutter, George Mason University, School of Business

Nicole Quiroga, Telemundo

Payal Tak, Telesis

Sally Wilson, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Pandit Wright, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

Washington Business Journal
Washington Business Journal

Our Excitement is Off the Meter...Mom Made is Now in Harris Teeter!

Harris Teeter storeI am often asked by friends if I am excited by all the growth at Mom Made. Yes, absolutely, it is a dream come true to see “my third baby,” Mom Made, growing at rocket speed. But, lets be honest…managing a growing business is much more stressful than it is exciting. When I do get excited is when I walk into store and see our product in the freezer aisle. And, it is VERY exciting to see it in the freezer in a new retail chain, like Harris Teeter! Not only is Harris Teeter local to Mom Made’s headquarters, but we’ve been hearing from our customers for years that they’d like to see our products there. Well now it’s there, folks! You'll find Mom Made's Cheesy Mac Meal, Spaghetti & Meatballs Meal, Cheese Pizza Munchie, Bean Burrito Munchie and my son's favorite...Apple Pie Munchie!

Click here to find a store near you.

As I once heard someone say, "Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness." Thanks, Harris Teeter! We're so happy to be working with you!