Name:  Abby Miller

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Current Residence (City, State): Pittsburgh, PA

Education:  BA in Architecture
Masters in City Planning (MCP)

Professional Background (brief, please): Tourism Consulting, Real Estate Banking

What you wanted to be when you grew up: My Own Boss

What you are: My Own Boss (it is harder than I thought it would be!)

Brief Summary of your Start Up: Before Kids…humorous giftware for moms that reflects on life before children.  At my son’s soccer game, all of the parents were reminiscing about their lives before kids – no regret just reflection.  I thought it would be a great line of items, I found a great business partner, and shortly thereafter Before Kids… was borne.

Company Website?

What inspired you? My children ages 4 and 7 – I love them dearly but there is a reality to parenting.

How long have you been in business? 4 Months

How did you fund it?  Self Funded (me and my business partner)

Do you have a Fairy Godmother (or Mentor)? No, but I would love to find one.

Do you belong to any Business Organization or Networking Groups?  No

Current Business Challenge?  Getting the word out.

What are you doing about it?  We just hired PR Representation and trying to get national exposure.

Favorite motivational quote: Slow and steady wins the race!

Family?  Great husband, Mark, who is in marketing for a pharmaceutical company. Two wonderful kids, daughter 4 and son 7.

If so, how do you balance family and business?  I try and get most of my work done between 9 and 3.  The rest gets done after bedtime. I left banking to have more balance in my life and I am still trying to figure out the formula.

Favorite book?  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells

What do you do to relax? Read and Exercise

What do you want to change most about your world? Overall World Problem: Poverty; MY World Problem:  Get more sleep!

What are you most proud of? My children

What advice would you like to offer other Start Up Princesses?
If you need help, ask for it.  People always want to help the underdog.

Favorite Magic Wand (tool/resource)?  My Mac (email)

If you could design a tiara, what precious stones would you use? Emeralds (my birthstone)

Would you be interested in being a Fairy Godmother to another woman entrepreneur? (I am working on a secure system to do this, any ideas?)   Yes, I would love to help.

What business subjects would you feel comfortable mentoring in? Real Estate Market Analysis and Computer Basics – Excel, Databases

Would you be interested in going to lunch with other women entrepreneurs for a “networking tea party”? Yes, that would be interesting.

If you are out of Utah County, would you be willing to be a facilitator of such an event?  Sure, I would love to find other entrepreneurial women in and around Pittsburgh.


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