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Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast | The Business of Real Life | Lessons for Success in Business and Parenting

Inspirational, motivational, and practical. Elaine Tan Comeau, founder of Easy Daysies (www.easydaysies.com a favorite winning pitch on Dragons' Den, Canada's Shark Tank), Mom of 3, former school teacher, and Mompreneur of the Year in Canada, talks to you about the business of real life, success as an entrepreneur and parenting, advice from people like Kevin O'Leary, Jim Treliving, Julie Cole and Jack Canfield all straight from the kitchen table - where it started for her and where it can start for you!
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Jun 24, 2016

In a speech from the Achieve & Lead Women's Conference which Elaine hosted in Vancouver in June 2016, Elaine shares her 5 D.A.I.L.Y. habits of successful entrepreneurs. How many are you implementing daily?

Jun 17, 2016

Kick "brag shame" to the curb and acknowledge and share your awesomeness so that others can benefit from it! Learn why it is important to not believe everything you think! Lisa van Reeuwyk is part media maven with a background in producing, hosting and financing travel documentary television, along with a whole lot of experience in business development and strategy know-how.

She is a passionate coach to entrepreneurs and professional women, guiding and supporting them to advance in their lives and their careers. Since becoming a mom to two beautiful girls, she feels even more dedicated to her role in serving women in business as they smash the statistics and shift the paradigm facing women in business today. Here with me today is Lisa van Reeuwyk, founder of Bloom Business Development and Bloom Lisa Coaching.

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Jun 3, 2016

Mary Purcaro is the Founder and CEO of Cuddlecloth® and Cuddlepet®, bath towels designed for safety. Mary shares how perseverance and the love of learning keep you going when things are good or bad in business. Are you thinking about patenting, listen as Mary share how and why she has three patents! To connect with Mary or order her fabulous product check out here website:​ www.cuddlecloth.com

May 25, 2016

In this episode, Elaine and Ron, trade show veterans both and partners in Easy Daysies (www.easydaysies.com), discuss how to be most effective with "B2C", or Business-to-Consumer Trade Shows. A must-listen if you are selling directly to the consuming public!

Be sure to pick up the free PDF cheat-sheet in the show notes.

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May 19, 2016

Discover top tips on how to get your product on the shelves of big box retailers and how to keep your product on the shelves as Romy shares her experience and expertise of having her own product in over 10,000 US locations, including Target, CVS, and BabiesRUs.​  

Do you have the three "must haves" Romy shares to embark on this journey?

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Apr 28, 2016

Determination, resilience and support are vital for entrepreneurial survival. Learn the best tip Kim Vopni shares from her mentor that changed her business and how she views all aspects of her life to achieve success.

As a mom of two boys, Kim not only shares the importance of going out and create your own life, do not just sit and watch others do it on YouTube, but she is a living example!

Kim is a self described "pelvic floor geek".  She is known as The Fitness Doula and is the author of Prepare To Push™ - What Your Pelvic Floor and Abdomen Want You To Know About Pregnancy And Birth.  Kim is the owner of Pelvienne Wellness Inc, and Co-Founder of Bellies Inc.  She is also the founder of a pelvic health event called Kegels and Cocktails with events across Canada.  All this while being a mom of 2 busy boys.

Here is where you can find her online:

https://www.facebook.com/PelvienneWellness

www.pelviennewellness.com/

Apr 22, 2016

When Priska and Dana set out to start a company from scratch with a patentable, complex manufactured product, they couldn't do it all themselves.  Listen to their story of how choosing partners to work with in your business, whether manufacturing, distribution, legal, sales or marketing is critical.  Also, what to do if you've got the wrong partner.

I won't spoil it, but their product, the Bare Bottle, is available in Babies 'R Us locations across the USA.  Think they figured the partnership thing out?

Apr 4, 2016

Show Notes:

I've heard a lot of interviews with Kevin O'Leary, but none like this!  We talk about family, his personal life, and what he does when he wakes up in the morning.  It's maybe the most personal Kevin O'Leary interview yet!

Because he is maybe the world's most productive person, this episode is 17 minutes, and we get 17 gold information nuggets - 1 per minute!  Learn:

• What every parent needs to teach their kids about money (the family "MBA")
• At what age we should start teaching our kids about money
• What a "Secret 10" is
• The 2 relationships you can have with money
• Kevin's views on allowance
• Kevin's advice to his 18-year old self
• Why he puts so much effort into having a weekly family meal
• How many guitars he owns, plus his favorite thing to play on guitar and his "bucket list" song to learn
• Kevin's favorite vacation spots
• Whether he is a morning or night person
• Kevin's favorite meals and wine
• Who would he like to take a portrait of?
• Who would play Kevin in the movie of his life?
• Kevin's (world's-most-productive-person's) morning routine
• What he likes to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Who is his mentor
• One thing more important than dollars!

Show Sponsor:

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A total of 68 Canadian small business will win prizes like:

• $10,000 cash prizes
• Technology prize packs
• Advertising services
• Coverage in The Globe and Mail Newspaper
• a $100,000 grant to one lucky business!

Enter by May 31, and note this is an annual contest so you can check again every year!

Mar 31, 2016

Joyelle tells her story about starting her own business - why would anyone choose to live almost completely outside their comfort zone?

Because that's what entrepreneurs do, and they trade comfort for freedom, including the freedom to help others.

And she reminds us that taking care of yourself first is not only not a bad and selfish thing - it's essential!

Mar 4, 2016

Christy is a mom of 2, speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and business owner.

Does the thought of adding one more thing to your plate sound impossible?

Christy shares 4 steps to move from a mindset of lack and limitation to one of abundance, which she describes as a large amount of all good things.

Check out Christy's latest bestselling book here:

http://theartofhavingitall.com/

And receive here free gift of 7 videos about creating abundance here:

www.christywhitman.com/free-gift/bonus

Feb 15, 2016

I loved talking with Debbie so much the first time (Episode 9 - Sibling Rivalry), that I had her back!

This time we are talking about how to communicate with your "tween".

We talk about:

• Just what age a tween is
• Debbie's 3 most important tips to facilitate the best communication with your tween
• The one tip she would give to have better communication with your tween today
• Her book "Break Free Of Parenting Pressures"

Debbie's website can be found at http://empoweringnrg.com/

Show Sponsor:

Easy Daysies (http://www.easydaysies.com) - magnetic schedules for kids, help your kids learn to listen!

Feb 2, 2016

On the 8th birthday of her business Snugabell, which supports breast-feeding mothers with fashionable pumping bras, we sit down with Wendy Armbruster Bell.  Given that more than 90% of businesses don't make the 8-year mark, it is worth listening to her advice!

Show sponsor:

Mompreneurs Canada – Are you a multi-tasking woman who is not only a Mom but also an entrepreneur? Could you use some support making your business successful while still being an incredible Mom? If so, you need to find out how to be a part of Mompreneurs, Canada’s national network for female entrepreneurs who want it all. Visit www.themompreneur.com for details, or contact me!

I run the Greater Vancouver chapter of Mompreneurs Canada, so if you have any questions about how this awesome organization can help you, just ask!

Twitter: @chatwithelaine
Email: elaine [@] elaineskitchentable.com

Jan 26, 2016

Time to get caught up on your Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast listening!  EKT as we call it covers 2 main themes: business and family (and where the 2 intersect).

In this episode, we recount the best of of our first year's business related episodes, all in one place. Enjoy!

And I would love if you could leave an honest rating on iTunes for Elaine's Kitchen Table.

From your iPhone / iPad:

1) Open the Podcasts App
2) Click Search, then type in Elaines Kitchen Table.
3) Make sure you are on the Podcasts tab and click the name Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast
4) Click the Reviews tab, then Write a Review
5) Sign in with your Apple ID and away you go!

From a desktop computer:
1) Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store tab
2) Go to Podcasts (may have to click ... first)
3) Search for "Elaine's Kitchen Table"
4) Click the result under Podcasts for Elaine's Kitchen Table
5) Click the tab for "Ratings and Reviews", then click "Write a Review"

Thank you so much!

Jan 11, 2016

Time to get caught up on your Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast listening!  EKT as we call it covers 2 main themes: business and family (and where the 2 intersect).

In this episode, we recount the best of of our first year's family related episodes, all in one place. Enjoy!

And I would love if you could leave an honest rating on iTunes for Elaine's Kitchen Table.

From your iPhone / iPad:

1) Open the Podcasts App
2) Click Search, then type in Elaines Kitchen Table.
3) Make sure you are on the Podcasts tab and click the name Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast
4) Click the Reviews tab, then Write a Review
5) Sign in with your Apple ID and away you go!

From a desktop computer:
1) Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store tab
2) Go to Podcasts (may have to click ... first)
3) Search for "Elaine's Kitchen Table"
4) Click the result under Podcasts for Elaine's Kitchen Table
5) Click the tab for "Ratings and Reviews", then click "Write a Review"

Thank you so much!

Dec 29, 2015

Unfortunately, the business world is full of failed businesses, and "successful" businesses with failed marriages.  There is an idea that you can have a successful family, or business, but not both.  With 4 awesome "Mompreneurs", I discuss how we are not choosing to be a "really good Mom", or "really good at business" - we are choosing to do both!

If you just let life happen to you, you can very easily go down the path of being successful at only family or only business.  But if you "take a moment and own it" - and are very intentional in what you do, you will place the proper value on family and business - and others will value what you do as well!

Today's guests are:

Lori Lee - Owner of Brampton Mompreneurs, Mother of 4 children

Sacha Pinto - Owner of The Wolf Consulting (www.thewolfconsulting.ca), and Mississauga Mompreneurs, and Mom of 2 children (listen closely for the youngest!)

Sara Clarke - mom of 4 boys, business partners with her husband in

Martin Clarke and Associates, bookkeepers and business consultants, and owner of London Mompreneurs

Grace Moores - owner of The Moores Group, a marketing agency that specializes in sponosrships for small businesses with a community based demographic. Grace and her husband have 2 children.

Show sponsor:

Mompreneurs Canada – Are you a multi-taMompreneurs Canada - Vancouversking woman who is not only a Mom but also an entrepreneur? Could you use some support making your business successful while still being an incredible Mom? If so, you need to find out how to be a part of Mompreneurs, Canada’s national network for female entrepreneurs who want it all. Visit www.themompreneur.com for details, or contact me!

I run the Greater Vancouver chapter of Mompreneurs Canada, so if you have any questions about how this awesome organization can help you, just ask!

Twitter: @chatwithelaine
Email: elaine [@] elaineskitchentable.com

Dec 16, 2015

In this episode, I talk with not 1, not 2, but 3 amazing Mompreneurs who give the scoop on:

• What does "Mompreneur" mean to them?

• As a woman, mom and entrepreneur, their greatest challenge and what they've done to overcome it

• Advice to someone starting out

Today's guests are:

Grace Moores - owner of The Moores Group, a marketing agency that specializes in sponsorships for small businesses with a community based demographic. Grace and her husband have 2 children.

Stephanie Goertz - owner of The Healthy Connection, supporting and connecting companies and people so that they can create a stronger and healthier community within Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, Ontario. Stephanie is also the Kitchener-Waterloo Mompreneurs Licensee, and a wife and mom of 2!

Vanessa Dinesen - Vanessa is the Peterborough Mompreneurs Licensee, and has owned and operated her bookkeeping and income tax business for the past seven years, while raising her 5 kids along with her husband!

Nov 28, 2015

Maria Freeman is the founder of Little Jots (www.littlejots.com), whose motto is "Write Your Child A Hug".

In this episode, Maria details how her desire to add positivity to children's lives - stats show kids hear about 30 positive statements per day, versus over 300 negative statements - led her to create a product and a business that has helped families stay connected and changed lives for the better.

She points out that kids reflect what they hear and see - so it's best to give them something positive to reflect on! Love this woman :)

Show Sponsor:

Mompreneurs Canada - VancouverMompreneurs Canada – Are you a multi-tasking woman who is not only a Mom but also an entrepreneur? Could you use some support making your business successful while still being an incredible Mom? If so, you need to find out how to be a part of Mompreneurs, Canada’s national network for female entrepreneurs who want it all. Visit www.themompreneur.com for details, or contact me!

I run the Greater Vancouver chapter of Mompreneurs Canada, so if you have any questions about how this awesome organization can help you, just ask!

Twitter: @chatwithelaine
Email: elaine [@] elaineskitchentable.com

Nov 20, 2015

Sara Clarke, mom of 4 boys, business partners with her husband in Martin Clarke and Associates, bookkeepers and business consultants, tells us how to make sure we are running a profitable business, not a time-wasting "hobby business".

This is a fun interview we conducted while she was driving a van!

Here is where you can find Sara online:

http://www.worldofwriteoffs.com
http://www.martinclarkeassociates.com
https://www.facebook.com/clarkesaralouise
http://london.themompreneur.com/

Nov 13, 2015

Welcome to the "Know Your Numbers" series on Elaine's Kitchen Table!

You often hear "know your numbers" as one of the most important aspects of being successful in business.  But what numbers do you have to know?  Our goal is to go over all the important numbers, and tell you why they are important, so that you can feel confident knowing your numbers.  It's not rocket science, and for small businesses it's not even advanced accounting.

In this episode, we discuss "spending a little to make a lot", specifically using Square as a credit card processing service.

Let me know what numbers you'd like to know about next on Twitter @chatwithelaine!

Nov 5, 2015

Dea Viola is such an inspirational woman and mompreneur.  Somewhere between her business, the Baby Flamingo Company, her singing career, and her charitable work with humanityhealing.org, she finds time to raise 5 children!

How does she do it?  Dea tells us all her tips that keep her sane and moving toward her goals, tips like:

• Living in "plane emergency landing mode"
• Her "same shoe size and brand theory" on harmful comparison behavior
• How to "start your day over" any time you want!
• Overcoming perfectionism

As Dea says, you don't have to do everything today, but if you do something every day, in a month you will have accomplished 30 steps towards your goal!

Here is where you can find Dea online:

Business:
http://www.thebabyflamingoco.com/

Music:
christianartistdea.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/christianartistdea
instagram.com/christianartistdea
twitter.com/christiasnartdea

Oct 27, 2015

"Balance is impossible. Memories are better."

In this episode, I interview Marci Fair (www.marcifair.com), mom of 4, founder of www.kares4kids.com, and author of "TILT - 7 Solutions to be a Guilt-Free Working Mom"

We talk about 3 of the 7 solutions, including:

• Dreams and Goals - you don't have to give up on your own to help your children pursue theirs

• Choices - including the "dirty gym shorts rule"

• Roots and Wings - what do you think about this - "The less we do for our kids, the more we help them develop!"

If you struggle with working mom guilt and want real-life parenting tips - read TILT!

Oct 20, 2015

Brad Hallwood has a very unique job. As the right-hand man to Jim Treliving of Dragons' Den (Canadian version of Shark Tank), he has witnessed hundreds and hundreds of pitches from entrepreneurs and "wantrepreneurs" alike.  In this episode, he tells us two key things about entrepreneurial investors:

• What they are definitely looking for
• What they are definitely NOT looking for

Whether or not you are in the market for an investor in your business, your suppliers and customers are looking for many of the exact same qualities when choosing who to do business with. So please listen to Brad's wisdom and enjoy!

Oct 13, 2015

Looking for an excuse to be thankful? Elaine gives 5 reasons why having an "attitude of gratitude" will actually help grow your business and make you happier overall.

Oct 5, 2015

Jody Vance of Vancouver City TV's Breakfast Television, and formerly SportsNet Canada, was Canada's first prime-time female sports anchor - one of the most male-dominated industries before Jody and others paved the way for the many female sports anchors today. Her secret? Tune in to find out, as well as:

• The daily routine of a morning news host who gets up for work at 4am every day
• The importance of paying your dues
• What it's like to go through in-vitro fertilization, and how she treats others doing the same

And much more in this wide-ranging interview!

Sep 29, 2015

In this episode, learn 2 key things to help you in business:

• How to ask for advice
• How not to ask for advice!

Elaine gives you the ABC's of getting answers to your questions from people who have gone before you. The tricky part is that they are most often quite busy, but they are usually willing to help - IF you approach in the right way.

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