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Babies, Business + Breakfast

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Happy Mother's Day Weekend...✨

...scroll for photos and a Pop-Up Event recap, upcoming events and news for people who also happen to be parents!

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Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Attendees

  'How She Built It' Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Recap 


On Wednesday, May 1st 2019, a group of parents including expectant mothers, parents of pre-school, middle school and teenage children, took over the Incubator Room at Algonquin College’s new Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship (DARE) District.

As Founder of Babies, Business + Breakfast, I believe parenthood and professional development don’t have to be mutually exclusive and thankfully, so do the speakers, sponsors and community members who joined us to mix babies and business, blurring those life and work lines a bit more!

We mingled over breakfast and coffee, in between sitting on the floor to build blocks and read books, meeting others and putting faces to names, before the interview-style panel session started.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Algonquin College’s DARE District, for hosting us and to local family lifestyle photographer, Charlene, of Van Veit Creative, for documenting this unique experience.

Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Host Amy Lynch
Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Community

What does parent-friendly professional development look like? 

There was stroller parking, baby change tables on site, a play area and a table set up with colouring paper, crayons and markers. There was also paper and pens for the parents to take notes during the talk.

The wagon we used to transport our event supplies into the venue from the parking lot doubled as a stationary climbing station, used by babies practicing their standing and walking skills.

Parents arrived with babies in slings, carriers, strollers and holding little ones’ hands at the DARE District’s open plan space to find the room in the centre of Level 2, which was buzzing with happy chatter and baby babbles.

Some friends and formerly strangers–now Babies, Business + Breakfast attendees–it was awesome to see the concept and community unfold in real-time!

It takes a lot of preparation, patience and a bit of courage to venture into business spaces with kids, but everyone who attended amazed me with their positive and friendly attitudes, open minds and willingness to share and learn.

I interviewed panel guests, Sunshine Tenasco, Karla Briones and Susan Richards, on the topic of ‘How She Built It’, with questions covering business, mindset and parenting.

Their business offerings range from services to products, online to bricks and mortar, with industries spanning fashion, retail, hospitality, finance, consulting and events.

As parents, you’re often faced with unsolicited advice from strangers and loved ones alike, covering what worked for them, what they think will work for you and what parenting ‘should’ look like.

Since there are so many ways to set up, run and grow a business–as with raising a family–we focused on storytelling and experiences over advice, to illustrate how they went about setting up and running their respective businesses, while parenting.

Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Catering
Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Networking
Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Play Area
Babies, Business + Breakfast Spring 2019 Pop-Up Event Panel Guests Karla Briones, Susan Richards and Sunshine Tenasco
Spring 2019 event photos courtesy of Charlene Van Veit, an Ottawa Lifestyle Family Photographer who creates extraordinary moments on seemingly ordinary days by capturing each family's unique connection. 
From my family to yours – enjoy your Mother's Day weekend 💐and stay tuned <<First Name>>,  more 'Babies, Business + Breakfast' goodness is coming soon!
In the meantime, follow our adventures on Instagram and my blog.
Kind regards
Amy Lynch

Amy Lynch + family at CreativeMornings Ottawa
Photo by Finn Lin for CreativeMornings Ottawa

P.S. Please forward to other parents  - they can join this mailing list at 📬
We're going to events and posting our experiences, to encourage others to do the same. Use one or all of the hashtags #BYOBaby #startupyoung #parentpreneur to share your adventures with children in tow.
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Crafted with 💜 and care in Ottawa, Canada
Sending you positive weekend vibes, a virtual cup of coffee and parenthood solidarity

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