- "I found
a reference to the Entrepreneurial Parent web site in the 'Personal
Business' section of Business Week magazine while at work one
day. I went home, looked up the site, and loved what I found.
Aspiring entrepreneurs can find a lot of encouragement and 'how-to'
articles, and established entrepreneurs can find information
on marketing, web page building, balancing work and family time,
and other issues all entrepreneurs face.
"I joined the National Association of Entrepreneurial Parents
in February of 1999, primarily because I wanted to be involved
in forming a local chapter so that I could meet face-to-face
with other "EPs" and "aspiring EPs" like
myself. Within two months
of joining, I was laid off from my job of 14 years, received
a generous severance package, and formed my own company, Econosystems,
in April of 1999. The transition was stressful, but also joyful
and exciting -- due in large part to the advice, information
and encouragement I received from my fellow NAEP members."
-- Anne Ramstetter Wenzel, Econosystems, Menlo Park, CA, www.econosystems.com
"I have been visiting the EP site nearly a year pretty regularly.
In fact, it's on my goal list every month. It's chock full of
information and there is always something new for me to scope
out. And now that the EP listserv is available, I get daily reminders
of all the other EPs who struggle to balance their lives as I
do. I subscribe to a lot of lists, but I try to save EP for the
end of the day. It's a nice way to wind down from a hectic work/family
schedule and reminds me of all the good reasons I have my home
office. That, of course, in addition to kissing my kids good
night and knowing I spent more time with them today than I ever
could if I worked in a corporate office!"
-- Barb Roeder, Multimedia Technology Consultant, Brookfield,
"I joined NAEP for the support I needed to go about having
my own business as a mother of two small children. I'm thrilled
with the opportunites that NAEP has already provided me to expand
my business, and with leads for additional exposure."
-- Cheryl Sandberg, Sandberg Business Developments, Castro
Valley, CA, http://www.sbdwebdesign.com/, Cheryl was our featured
"EP" on PBS
"The National Association of Entrepreneurial Parents has
brought leadership to a community that has been otherwise left
to its own. There are not many resources and support available
for those parents who are enterprising enough to start their
own companies. NAEP provides education, support and guidance
to those looking for a place to learn more about balancing running
a company and running a household."
-- Desiree C. Scales, Bella Web Design, Marietta, GA, www.bellawebdesign.com
"I have been in practice since 1986 and have worked at home
since 1989. I joined NAEP as soon as I discovered it, because
the key to my survival of a home office is CONTACT with others,
by all means possible. NAEP's benefits are especially attractive
to me because they recognize and address my need to involve my
four kids in my work as well."
-- Paula Dodd Aiello, Attorney at Law, San Ramon, CA
"One of the benefits that I most enjoy is being able to
communicate and network with the other members. To me, this is
one of my most valuable sources of information (besides EP site,
of course!). We can check with one another for worthwhile feedback
on what others have done to make their businesses successful.
We can share in our trials and tribulations. If we have a question
about a particular facet of business, at least one of the members
usually has the answer. I am thoroughly enjoying the discussion
forums, which I am pleased to monitor as an EP Volunteer."
-- Jeralynn Burke, E-Scent-ials, Des Plaines, IL, www.E-Scent-ials.com
"I joined NAEP because I wanted to meet other people like
myself who desired to try a different path in life and become
an entrepreneur. I'm in the process and I can't tell you how
many wonderful people I've met so far through EP. These wonderful
people have helped in mind, business and most of all spirit.
We have exchanged advice and knowledge, and my hat goes off to
-- Michele Broad, A Health Focus, Hemet, CA
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AT A GLANCE!
- Your Member Profile page at www.en-parent.com.
- NAEP Chapter Guidelines to start your
own local support group of EPs.
- Choice of A Parent's Guide
to Home Business, EP Tote
Bag or EP T-Shirt.
- EPnews a quarterly
print publication filled with success strategies for home-based
- NAEP Annual Membership Directory.
- NAEP credentials (Membership Card
& Certificate of Membership)
- Inclusion in the EP Gift
Shop for EP's who create
and sell original and unique products, crafts, jewelry or artwork.
- Home career counseling and resume development at low members-only
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