Mompreneurs® (Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc.) is the trusted national
network that supports, educates, and empowers female entrepreneurs across North America. Founded in 2010 by Maria Locker, Mompreneurs® hosts a series of monthly online and in-person events, as well as the annual National Mompreneurs® Conference and National Mompreneur® Awards, and has given back over $80,000 through its non-profit arm Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada. The organization also publishes Mompreneur® Magazine twice annually, with a small but mighty team spanning across Canada that has welcomed over 23,000 members and subscribers, and counting.
The Mompreneurs® team is made up of women who understand what it means to run a business and a family without sacrificing one for the other. Each of our Mompreneur® Team Members are entrepreneurs themselves, and are dedicated to supporting women in business through online and in-person events, supportive resources, referrals, and more… get to know us!
Founder & CEO
Maria is an advocate and champion for the advancement of female
entrepreneurs across North America, and is a sought after speaker, contributor, and expert surrounding topics including economic empowerment for women entrepreneurs and small business trends. As the Founder & CEO of Mompreneurs®, Maria works with her team to foster community, promotion, and education to their collective of over 23,000 members and subscribers across the globe, a diverse community of female entrepreneurs who are just as dedicated to their businesses as they are to their families, and vice versa.
Maria’s expertise has been featured in Maclean’s, The Huffington Post,
ParentsCanada Magazine, and Canadian Business, and she has appeared in a wide variety of national television and radio programs to offer insights and expertise, including The Marilyn Denis Show, Canada AM, CBC, Breakfast Television, Global News, CHCH Morning Live, and NewsTalk 1010.
Maria grew up in the world of retail business, as one of four children to her entrepreneurial parents; her family has owned and operated La Rose Bakery in her hometown of Milton, Ontario since she was 2 years old. Some of her earliest entrepreneurial memories include standing on a milk crate and manning the cash register at the young age of 5, as well as running a Gelato Bar at the age of 14 with her sister Emily. There is no doubt in Maria’s mind that her early exposure to the life of an entrepreneur ultimately gave her the confidence to branch out on her own as an adult, and also guided her to make decisions that would lead to a balanced lifestyle for her family.
Maria earned her BA from The University of Guelph in 2002 with a focus on European Languages and International Business, and her B.Ed. from Lakehead University in 2004. With a supportive husband, Maria left her teaching career to be at home with her two children, which led her back to her entrepreneurial roots as she did some freelance marketing. This spark was rekindled further when she began connecting with other moms and women who were also running their own businesses while keeping a grasp on family life. She found a common bond, and decided to form Mompreneurs® based on the premise that business and personal lives aren’t necessarily interchangeable, and that it is possible to have a successful business and a thriving family life without sacrificing one for the other.
She attributes every success to the unending support and encouragement she has received from her family, friends, and colleagues, and hopes to be an inspiration to her children while demonstrating what can be achieved when you have a passion for helping others and doing what you love. ^*
Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Sara Clarke is a force for motivation. Her purpose is to empower women around the world, to create a life they truly love. Sara’s driving force is the hurt she holds in her heart for those who are not living in their full potential. Sara speaks throughout North America sharing inspiration of living an epic life, to women, entrepreneurs and those who are hurting. You can find her sharing wisdom about creating a life where you choose to Live Beyond Satisfied™, through topics such as mindset, money, goal setting, time management, business development, personal development. Sara is also a multiple business owner, author and columnist. At the age of 18 Sara discovered the entrepreneurial lifestyle as she found herself ‘unemployable’, meaning that she was born to be her own boss. She also holds 3 diplomas and is a Certified Sacred Gifts Guide.
Sara is the Chief Operating Officer of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc., and has worked with Scotiabank, GoDaddy, Chamber of Commerce, multiple Small Business Centres, Provision University and Conference. She has been seen on RogersTV and Internationally: Fixing The Money Thing. Sara has also shared her expertise in The New Vintage Family, Business London Magazine and Mompreneurs® magazine. Sara has shared her expertise with many women’s groups, podcasts and online meetups. Sara loves to empower all women from the stage to create a life they love. She believes that everyone has an opportunity to be more, do more and have more to give more to those around us. Through her personal mantra ‘Live Beyond Satisfied’, Sara believes that we are all a ripple effect in this world, and we choose what those ripples reflect onto others.
ELAINE TAN COMEAU
Lead Community Manager (Vancouver, BC)
Heading up our events and support for members in Vancouver and the West Coast of Canada, Elaine is an enterprising mother of three young children, a wife, and a former elementary school teacher. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Easy Daysies, a visual magnetic scheduler to help children and families with their daily routines. Elaine was named Canada’s 2014 Mompreneur® of the Year and has received the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, as well as an Award in Teaching Excellence, while Easy Daysies was named one of Dragons’ Den favorite deals by Kevin O’Leary and was chosen by Ford Company as one the 2014 Dragons’ Den Driven For Success Companies that exemplified Ford’s Four Pillars of Success.
Elaine has been featured in the Financial Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, Huffington Post, highlighting her journey as a mom entrepreneur. She has written and published several e-books, and she continues to be sought after for her webinars and speaking engagements on educational topics and entrepreneurship, and continues to be a guest blogger for Staples Canada, Scholars Choice and Creative Teaching Press (USA). *
Grace and her husband emigrated to Canada in 2006 from the UK. After having two wonderful children, Canada is now home. Grace became a mompreneur when her second child was just 5 months old, which is when she founded The Moores Group, a marketing agency that specializes in sponosrships for small businesses with a community based demographic.
Grace is a firm believer that together we can achieve so much more. On every adventure or new path taken, there is always someone supporting, inspiring and empowering us along the way; we are all stronger together. *
Administrative Assistant & Member Support
Ale is an outstanding business support professional and “mompreneur”. She is a mom of 2, wife and founder of AMG Virtual Assistant Services, which she launched in 2013. Born in Costa Rica and fully bilingual in English and Spanish, she has called Canada home for over two decades.
Ale brings 20 years of administrative experience and is happy to provide office and project leadership services for small businesses, entrepreneurs and executives. With further training in print and digital graphic design, her in-demand services also include desktop publishing and graphic design. She also provides project management and system and procedural implementation support.
Being an entrepreneur herself, Ale is passionate about helping and supporting her clients be successful. With her assistance, she gives them the opportunity to grow professionally and to improve profitability, but most importantly gives them the ability to share quality time with family and loved ones. Ale is honoured to support the Mompreneurs Team. She looks forward to working, supporting and encouraging women to do what they love so that they can build their businesses to the next level. Ale firmly believes in “Doing what you love and loving what you do”.
Public Relations & Media: Front Door PR
Project Manager, Mompreneur® Magazine
Our Ambassadors Team
We are thankful to have dedicated and loyal Elite and Elite+ Mompreneur® members who have stepped up and joined our ‘Ambassadors Team’ in order to help us continue spreading the word about or community and bring others together for support and connections!
^* photo credit to Julie Rock Photography
* photo credit to Jennifer Gilbert Photography