Between feeding the kids, driving them to soccer practice and meeting with their teachers, motherhood is a full-time business. Karen K. Curoe, the mother of two daughters, realized this while exchanging phone numbers with other busy parents. Digging into her purse for yet another scrap of paper to write on, Curoe thought how much easier life would be if she could just hand out a business card.
The Raymore, Missouri, mom designed a set of cards with her name, both her children's names and the family's phone number and began passing them out. When other parents began clamoring for cards of their own, Curoe responded by starting a business, Professional Mom Inc., which sells "office products to use in the business of being a mom."
More than a year later, Professional Mom is still going strong. Curoe runs the business from home, producing and shipping personalized business cards, notepads and stationery with the assistance of her husband and her two little partners.
Professional Mom's product line has expanded to include business cards for professional dads and grandparents and thank-you cards personalized with children's names.