Kincardine woman nominated for national Mompreneur Award



By Barb McKay


Kathy Drennan’s decision to become a Pampered Chef consultant was a spontaneous one but one that transformed her life.


Now, nine years after starting her home-based business, the Kincardine nurse and mother of two has been nominated for a national Mompreneur Award.


Mompreneurs was founded by Maria Locker of Milton who grew up as the child of entrepreneurial parents and wanted to create a balance between her work life and family life. Mompreneurs now has a management team of seven women and more than 17,000 members from coast to coast. The organization’s purpose is to provide networking opportunities for female entrepreneurs and help them grow and promote their businesses.


Drennan joined Mompreneurs in 2012 and participates regularly in conferences and workshops, which she has found very helpful.


“It’s women supporting other women,” she said. “It’s knowing that if you need a sounding board there are women to talk to.”


A decade ago, Drennan had no inkling that she would end up operating her own successful home-based business. In April 2009, she was invited to a Pampered Chef event by a friend of her husband.


“I knew it had something to do with the kitchen, but that was it,” she said.


As she watched the product demonstrations, she started checking off items in the catalogue that she wanted, soon accumulating a wish list valued at about $1,500.


“I was in awe of the products,” Drennan said, “and thought, this is going to change my life. At the time, I was working full-time as a nurse and had my eldest son.”


She told her friend she really liked the products but didn’t know how she could purchase everything she wanted. That’s when her friend told her about the opportunity to become a consultant and run her own business at home, and get product discounts.


“I signed up pretty much on the spot,” she said.


Before she knew it, Drennan found that her business was progressing on an annual basis.


“A lot of people start a home-based business and don’t make anything of it,” she said, “and some people bring in a good paycheque. It can be so much more than staying home with your kids.”


Drennan hosts Pampered Chef events, as well as cooking classes for both adults and children and freezer meal workshops. She has found that as well as the joy she has discovered from being an entrepreneur, it has also had a positive effect on her two young sons, who are now learning to cook and are seeing the results that come with following your dreams.


Drennan’s hard work was rewarded last month when she learned she is among 23 finalists for the sixth annual Mompreneur Awards. She was shortlisted from 1,200 nominees from across Canada. There are four award categories and Drennan is one of five women nominated for an Award of Merit. Nominations are peer reviewed and then reviewed by a panel of judges. The awards are presented by Mompreneurs in partnership with ParentsCanada Magazine.


Drennan learned that she was nominated for the award while driving to a Pampered Chef conference.


“I was sitting at the side of the road, near Fergus, bawling,” she said. “It was one of those things where I thought, wow, I really am making a difference.”


The awards will be presented during the Annual National Mompreneurs Conference in Toronto on March 2.