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That's My Baby

Who says running a business and motherhood don't mix?

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This story appears in the February 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Many women refer to their businesses as "their baby." But what happens to business when a real baby is on the way?

"I'm accustomed to being a strong, independent person," says Alison Nelson, 30, co-owner of candy store the Chocolate Bar and CEO of event execution firm Four Little Sisters, both in New York City. Nelson, seven months pregnant with her first child, admits, "The physical limitations can be frustrating, but it [has] also taught me to allow others to pitch in." Nelson believes her pregnancy has made her more focused. She's achieved goals on specific dates based on her birth schedule and plans to resume work within three weeks of giving birth.

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