Last month, I attended the Courage To Earn More Retreat in Livermoore, CA. It was an intimate 3 day event that provided female small business owners and digital content creators with one-on-one coaching and working sessions to plan and collaborate on their business ideas. Attendees were also given the opportunity to compete in the Comcast Business Pitch Competition for a grand prize of $2500.
Over the 3 days, I connected with so many of the attendees. I spent time with old friends and made new friends. We laughed together, encouraged each other and challenged ourselves to take our businesses to the next level in 2020.
What Is Courage To Earn?
Courage To Earn is an online community for digital entreprenuers. It was founded by Brandi Riley, a digital Content Creator at MamaKnowsItAll.com, Entrepreneur Coach, and Community Builder. Brandi is known for personalized career coaching and development.
I have been a member of Courage To Earn, The Community and Courage To Earn More for over 3 years and have attended the last 3 Courage To Earn More Retreats. It has been a significant factor in the success of the Mom Forum.
The Comcast Business Pitch Competition
On the final day of the Courage to Earn More Retreat attendees, including myself, were given the opportunity to compete in the Comcast Business pitch competition. The competitors pitched specific business ideas to a panel of judges. There was such a wide range of ideas from a line of stickers, to a cookie company expansion to a weekend retreat for married couples.
The judges included Abayomi Jones, Director of Medical Operation and Business Management at At First Glance Studio, Markita Staples, Senior Business Operations Manager at Adobe and self-published children’s book author, Marisa Bearden, Public Relations Specialist at Comcast California and Adriana Arvizo, External Communications Manager at Comcast California. The prizes were $2,500 for 1st place, $1,500 for 2nd place and $1,000 for 3rd place.
The Mom Forum’s Pitch
If you have been following The Mom Forum, you know that I believe selfcare is a vital part of motherhood. I am always looking for ways to expand the conversation about selfcare and provide a space to support moms in their selfcare journey.
As a result, I created the Mom Selfcare Series, a series of 5 events designed to build community, promote well-being, reduce stress and provide moms with the tools and skills needed to support a healthy selfcare practice. The series kicks off on March 15 with The Mom Forum Podcast Live, a conversation on maintaining your identity in motherhood.
Additional events include Moms Night Out Comedy Showcase hosted by actress and comedian Angel Tanksley Moore, Fitness From Within, Motherhood and Romance with relationship expert Rhonda Richards-Smith LCSW, and The Mom Selfcare Summit.
Thanks to the 3rd Place win in the Comcast Business Pitch Competition, the Mom Forum received $1000 to support this series. The funding from Comcast will support the event series by covering the cost of space and community outreach to Los Angeles area moms.
Tickets for all events can be purchased at https://themom-forum.com/events/.
And The Other Winners Are…
The second place winner was Virginia Duan founder of Mandarin Mama. She won $1500 and will be launching BrAzn AZN, the only intimate retreat for Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi Americans (APIDAs) creatives and influencers. She wants to create a safe space for other APIDA creatives to meet, connect, and explore what it means to be an APIDA influencer. You can purchase tickets for this premier event being held the weekend of 9/25-9/27/2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
First Place winner went to Caroline Jefferson, founder of Parents of An Angel, a comforting community for grieving parents. She will be using the $2500 she won to open an online boutique for grieving moms and dads. The Parents of an Angel Boutique will be a safe place for my community to shop for books, journals, memorial jewelry and keepsakes, wellness products, greeting cards, and more.
You can find out more Comcast Business Pitch Competition and the Courage to Earn More Retreat in the following article at Comcast.
Elisha Beach is a stay-at-home mom to four kids and four step-kids…Yes, you read that right—eight kids. She is a wife, home cook, taxi driver, herder of children, terrible housekeeper, selfcare advocate and founder of The Mom Forum.
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