Original Belly Works Ranked In Top 200 Leading Moms In Business By Startupnation Competition

Startup Nation lists Original Belly Works as a Top Mom-Owned Business in a Nationwide Contest
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May 5, 2009 - PRLog -- ATLANTA – Today, Original Belly Works (http://www.originalbellyworks.com) announced that it has been recognized as one of the top 200 mom-owned businesses in StartupNation’s 2009 Leading Moms in Business Competition (http://www.startupnation.com/leading-moms-2009). The competition, which ran for over several months, sponsored by VerticalResponse, recognizes the achievements of mothers across the country who run outstanding businesses.

Original Belly Works was conceived by its Founder, Tisha DeShields, who desired to contribute to the family income while still being a stay-at-home mother to four children.  Belly casting was a hobby for Tisha, until several friends recognized her talent and suggested she turn her hobby into a business.  Six years ago, Tisha Deshields created Original Belly Works, a signature belly casting company that works with the expectant mother to design a unique belly impression that creatively articulates the enthusiasm and anticipation that families feel for their newborn. After purchasing an Original Belly Works’ kits, the customer has an option to work with the team of artists to design a unique impression, which is sealed with a patented fiber glass finish.  These 3-dimensional works of art come standard with a hidden capsule for convenient storage of special keepsakes and are often displayed on the wall in the newborns nursery.

StartupNation (http://www.startupnation.com) launched the first annual Leading Moms in Business Competition in January with the support of VerticalResponse (http://www.verticalresponse.com) to recognize the achievements of mom entrepreneurs across the US. Winners were selected and ranked according to public votes accumulated from January through March, 2009. "Moms across America were honored in this year’s ranking, showing that they’re capable of starting and running successful businesses while managing to balance family, career, home and self," said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation.  "Well over 600,000 votes were cast in support of several thousand contestants. The elite 200 win bragging rights, promotional support, and digital winner’s emblems recognizing their achievements as the Leading Moms in Business.  "It’s challenging for anyone to start and run a successful business – particularly in this economy. These women are setting the standard for innovation and creativity," said Janine Popick, founder and CEO of VerticalResponse.  “I am so excited to have been a part of such a wonderful opportunity to showcase my passion. Startup Nation has done a great supporting Momprenuers. Thanks to Startup Nation and to everyone who supported Original Belly Works during this competition and continues to support us during this entrepreneurial journey,“ states Tisha DeShields.

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About Original Belly Works
Original Belly Works, founded in 2005, by Tisha DeShields, makes pregnant belly casting kits that offer a unique keepsake of one of the most cherished moments in parenting and motherhood. OBW’s casts are commissioned works of whimsical art and the utmost expression of love. Their signature fiberglass finished sculptures are a favorite gifting option for all types of mothers including adoptive, surrogate, foster, guardian and even grandmothers. OBW’s kits have been featured on CNN, at the Golden Globes Celebrity Gifting Suites and can now be purchased in Swoozie’s nationwide.

For additional information, visit http://www.originalbellyworks.com. For interview requests and product reviews, please contact Jonnice Slaughter at (404) 551-3447 or jonnice@originalbellyworks.com.
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Location:Atlanta - Georgia - United States
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