Patricia Curto

From trade shows and ladies’ nights to charity fundraisers and family festivals, Mompreneur groups organize monthly networking events for women to reach out to one another on a business and personal level. “I’ve seen true friendships form as well as countless referrals and an increase in sales for members’ businesses,” says 32-year-old Curto. “It’s different than most networking groups because with Mompreneurs you can talk about business and your family without feeling awkward.”

After having her third child, Curto attended a Milton Mompreneur event in 2011; afterwards she immediately began networking with businesswomen in her community. “I thought to myself, ‘I need to bring this to Vaughan,’” says Curto. She is now the first licensee of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. with over 1,000 members in Vaughan alone.

Curto knows first-hand the difficulties of bridging the gap between motherhood and starting a new business, but she believes being a parent is actually an advantage to career success. “Having children strengthens you and gives you access to opportunities that you would never have without them,” says Curto. “I have met so many contacts through our networking and community events by establishing personal relationships with other mothers.”

Aside from Mompreneurs, Curto owns two other businesses: VaughanMoms.ca, which is a blog for mothers in the Vaughan area, and Social Eden, a social media consulting and management company. But her dedication to work is second to her role as a mother. “With all the businesses, my family is always my first priority,” says Curto, “and spending time with my children is my passion.”

Mompreneurs launched nationally in October 2012; now there are an estimated one million Mompreneurs throughout Canada. And Curto is eager to continue embracing the organization and its mandate: “We will continue to grow, support, and empower women across the country.”

written by Stephanie Grella