Here at The Mommy Spot Tampa, we love to support local mom entrepreneurs so every week we will be featuring a new one. Juggling motherhood and your own business is always a challenge so we want to hear how all of the other mommies handle it. We are very excited to announce Angie Croft and Brandi Matiyak as this week’s Featured Mompreneurs, take the stage ladies…
(interview by Angie)
What is the name of your business and what is your title?
Pop Goes the Party LLC, a custom cake pop company
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have two children. Colton is 3 1/2 and Emma Grace is 13 months.
My beautiful sister in law and business partner Brandi has two children. Brayden is 2 1/2 and Ava is 11 months.
Are you a native to Tampa? If not, tell us why and when you relocated here.
II was born in Ohio, but consider myself a native, having lived in Florida for the past 25 years. I reside in Palm Harbor with my husband Matt and our children.
Brandi grew up in Pinellas County and now calls Westchase home, where she lives with her husband Ryan and their two children.
Tell us about your business and how you became a mompreneur.
We both have a passion for baking and after the birth of my first son in 2011, I knew I stumbled upon a niche group of other moms seeking gourmet cake pops and custom themed desserts for parties, gatherings and events. We did a lot of market research and discovered there were no other bakeries in the Tampa market who offered this service. With a background in non-profit and Brandi’s expertise as a news anchor, we founded Pop Goes the Party LLC in January of 2012 and began operating under the Florida Cottage Food Law. Since then, our little idea continues to grow, right along with our families. There is something special about being a part of a stranger’s celebration. We find that totally rewarding. Whether our “sweet” treats enhance the celebration of a new baby, are part of a dessert table at a wedding, or act as a simple thank you to valuable employees, it brings us tremendous joy and we continue to be SO blessed to be doing what we love, together!
What is the best part about being a mompreneur?
Although I still have my full time career as the Vice President of Development for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas, owning our own piece of the American Dream has been such an amazing ride so far. Having the autonomy to make decisions about strategic direction of our business and the core values we establish has been incredibly rewarding for us both. We also love being a resource for other mommies just starting out in their own businesses. Brandi and I are truly a team. Not only do we rely on each other in our roles as business partners, but we also support each other in our roles as wives and mommies. It’s a win-win!
What is the hardest part about being a mompreneur?
I think the hardest part about being a mompreneur is remembering balance. As women, there tends to be a tremendous amount of pressure to be perfect in every role we play (wife, mother, working mom, stay at home mom, business owner). It’s easy to want to think we can do it all and do it all perfectly. It’s not always easy, but taking time to recharge ourselves is really important for the success and sustainability of ourselves and our business. Having spouses that are supportive and encouraging are imperative. We are lucky that our husbands are our biggest supporters and help us stay accountable to our priorities.
How do you balance motherhood and running your own business?
We put God first. Our faith continues to be the foundation for our lives. That rings true in our business, our marriages and in parenting our children. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Any tips or advice you would like to offer other mompreneurs (or aspiring mompreneurs)?
Be kind. Although it seems simple, we truly believe in treating people the way we would want to be treated. Building one another up is so important. We take every opportunity we can to set positive examples for our daughters. Strong women… May we be them, may we know them, may we raise them. That’s our motto!
Where can we find your business?