Meet the Founder – Maria Locker
Maria Locker is the Founder and CEO of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. She earned her BA from The University of Guelph in 2002 with a focus on Languages and International Business, and her B.Ed from Lakehead University in 2004. In 2010, after deciding to leave her teaching career to be home with her two children, Maria discovered that having her own business was the perfect fit for her. She began searching for other business women in her community to connect with; women who were also running their own business while keeping a grasp on family life. Finding these women proved to be more difficult than she thought.
After finally connecting with fellow mompreneurs on a mommy forum over months of online chatter, Maria realized there was a gap in the business world between structured networking groups versus business people like her. It seemed impossible to find an affordable or accessible outlet for women entrepreneurs to not only network, but also to showcase their individual businesses. As a result, Maria decided to organize her own networking group and trade show specifically for Mompreneurs and female entrepreneurs, enabling business women to connect with the community and each other on a more flexible schedule and in a comfortable, professional environment.
Maria’s passion and dedication within her small community led to the incorporation of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. and the development of Licensed Mompreneur Areas throughout Ontario. Through their collective showcases, events and networking initiatives, they have proudly raised over $20,000 in monetary and food donations for local charitable organizations, and they have supported over 1,000 Mompreneurs in various communities. Fall 2012 saw another growth within the corporation, as Maria acquired full Trademark rights to the word `Mompreneur`for all of Canada, bringing new properties to the organization including the successful MOMpreneur Magazine, business resources through www.themompreneur.com, and the eventual growth of Licensed Mompreneur Areas across the rest of Canada.