Plymouth Entrepreneur Connects Moms Through City Mom Collective
Stephanie Flies runs the City Mom Collective, a network of websites where local moms share articles and the best of their local communities. Want to learn about the best sledding hills? They’ve got it. Checking out staycation ideas? There’s an article on that. Need to find info for summer camps? It’s one of their most popular pages.
“We started it with a heart for connecting local moms, and it’s grown into what it is today,” said Flies, who lives in Plymouth. “Our sites see over a million page views every month, to think of all of those families who are encouraged the moms who think I’m not on this journey alone, it’s really incredible.”
There are more than 80 sister websites across the country, including a Twin Cities Mom Collective site.
Flies started this process with a new baby and a blog back in 2009. She lived in Arizona and just wanted to connect with other new mothers.
“I was desperate for community. I felt alone, so I was looking for community support,” said Flies. “I’m not alone in this journey of motherhood. There are other moms who are struggling, feeling lonely and also looking for things to do with their families.”
Her City Mom Collective entrepreneurial opportunity also struck a chord with families during the pandemic. Parents were at home looking for activities to do with their children, and many moms left corporate jobs to care for children at home. Mothers could write content and run a website, while catering to their children.
“The fact that we can offer this kind of career to so many moms at a time when moms are looking for this kind of flexibility is tremendous,” said Flies.