Jun 20 2012

The Competitive Edge And The Importance of Setting Goals

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know if you get there?

by: Amy and Danielle

I have always been fascinated by competition. I especially love elite athletics. I love the Olympics! I’m astounded that some people choose to dedicate themselves to a pursuit and that among those people, some rise to the very top of their game. I’m amazed that some people have the drive to be the very best in the world at what they do.

Mar 29 2012

Social TV

Watch It And Tweet

by: Amy and Danielle

HD, PVRs and flat screens, oh my! The boob tube sure has changed since the days when I had to get off the couch and turn a dial in order to switch stations.  

Mar 27 2012

Can't We All Just Get Along?

How To Resolve Conflict With Colleagues

by: Amy and Danielle

The main reason I love Dragons’ Den is because Canadian entrepreneurs offer us tangible business lessons week after week. After each episode this season, I have written about a lesson learned–for better or for worse–from an entrepreneur who pitched the Dragons.

Jan 12 2012

Dragons' Den Season 6, Episode 12

Second Chances

by: Amy and Danielle

Months ago I learned that Canadian mompreneur, Karyn Climans founder of Tail Wags, was going to make a reappearance in the Den.  So it was with great anticipation that I watched last night’s Second Chances episode.  Entrepreneurs who had unsuccessfully pitched the Dragons in past seasons were given an opportunity to plead their cases again.

Oct 5 2011

Dragons' Den Season 6, Episode 4 Recap

Nothing Wrong With Starting Small

by: Amy and Danielle

The take-away from this week’s episode of Dragons’ Den reinforces one of our long-held beliefs: There is nothing wrong with starting small. In business, starting small can mean flexibility, control and even freedom. One woman we interviewed for Mom Inc. told us, “I never wanted to be so tied to my business that I couldn’t walk away from it if I needed to.” For better or for worse, the benefits are starting small were evident in tonight’s show.

Oct 4 2011

What I'm Grateful for this Thanksgiving

Happy To Have It Good

by: Amy and Danielle

This weekend I’ll be eating turkey three times. Yep, that’s right – three times. This brings me a certain mixture of pleasurable anticipation (yummy food) and fear (gaining 8 lbs worth of pumpkin pie!). With all of this thanksgiving going on, I can’t help but think about the things for which I should actually give thanks. I’ve got it pretty good. In fact, my gratitude cup runneth over. So here’s what I’m grateful for, in no particular order, after the first two.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for:

Sep 29 2011

Dragons' Den Season 6, Episode 3 Recap

Be Authentic and Be Prepared

by: Amy and Danielle

Are you loving Season 6 of Dragons’ Den as much as I am? Another week brings us more important biz lessons, starting with…

Be Authentic

Sep 28 2011

Dragons' Den Season 6, Episode 2 Recap

Great Business Lessons

by: Amy and Danielle

One of the reasons I love Dragons’ Den is because it’s so relatable. If you’ve dabbled in entrepreneurship, you will see yourself reflected in many of the stories that appear on screen. There were three great business lessons in tonight’s show.

The proof is in the pudding

Sep 27 2011

Dragons' Den Season 6, Episode 1 Recap

Lessons from the Dragons

by: Amy and Danielle

Regrettably, work and back-to-school have hindered my reality tv viewing – but I’m caught up now and loved the season opener of Dragons’ Den. I’d like to share some of the business lessons I learned from watching.

Sep 26 2011

Inside the Dragons' Den

Back For Season Six

by: Amy and Danielle

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The Face, The Voice, The Blog!

Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell have been finishing each other’s sentences for more than 20 years now. Over the last two decades they’ve been classmates, roommates, ‘best woman’ at each other’s weddings, and had five kids between them. In between all of this, they’ve been business partners and co-authors.

Amy and Danielle are passionate about all things small business. They frequently speak on the topic of entrepreneurship to the media, at seminars and conferences. Amy and Danielle co-founded Admiral Road Designs, which they sold in 2013 after more than a decade. They also wrote Mom Inc. — How to Raise Your Family and Your Business Without Losing Your Mind or Your Shirt, published by HarperCollins. These days, the best friends continue to work together, advising other entrepreneurs via their business, Spark Consulting.

In Mom Ink, Amy and Danielle will share insights, tips, advice, and the occasional straight-up confession about life as a mom and an entrepreneur.  Are you a Yummy Mummy with a business? Or just thinking about it?  Welcome to Mom Ink — where we look at the good, the bad, and the sticky of life as mom entrepreneur.

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