Mother Helps Small Business Owners

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A central Ohio mother is helping women when they have questions about their small businesses.

Renee Belbeck, a mother of two, is a virtual office assistant. Twice a month, women who work from home meet to learn about better business practices and brainstorm.

"Part of the reason most women work from home is to save on childcare because it is so expensive," Belbeck said.

Belbeck said she missed connecting with other adults in business so she co-founded Like Minded Moms. It's a group of women -- and a few men -- who work from home and want a chance to exchange ideas to help their businesses grow.

"I thought, 'Wow, I can really start my business and start networking,'" said Renee Vidor, a Like Minded Moms member.

Vidor sells health and diet products. Members sell a variety of things, including gifts, baskets, cosmetics or jewelry. One member runs a modeling agency.

They are all eager to help each other and Vidor said it allows them to feel less isolated.

"I went to the first meeting and I've been to every one since, I absolutely love it," Vidor said.

While the moms meet, their children play in a nearby room. Belbeck said as people get laid off and try a fresh start by themselves, there is a need for a group like hers.

"I hope that we help them grow their business, I hope that we show them that they're not alone," Belbeck said.

There are two chapters of Like Minded Moms in Columbus, with more to open in Cincinnati and Texas. Belbeck said she hopes to take the group nationwide.

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