I first met Kate Marie Grinold Sigfusson back in 2008 a few months before she competed and WON the crown for Miss DC (she went on to place in the top 10 for Miss America).
At the time I was in grad school at Georgetown while Kate Marie was just finishing up her degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
Kate Marie was very active supporting DC area non-profits, so I wasn't at all surprised to hear that she recently launched a charitable business venture of her own.
HOW WAS THE IDEA FOR BABIES4BABIES "BORN" ?
Kate Marie and her husband are expecting their first child this Spring. And as if being a first-time-mom isn't tough enough, Kate Marie, a true "Go-Getter," has also launched a new company Babies4Babies, a luxury baby brand that saves lives. For every product you purchase, two babies in need receive life-saving treatments.
"For me, the beginning of my journey into entrepreneurship was sparked when I realized that my for-profit business idea could help mothers around the world support the health of their newborns," she said.
"The Babies4Babies 'buy one, save two' social impact model empowers customers to give live-saving treatments to babies in need when they purchase beautiful baby blankets for the little one they love."
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
"I’ve always been passionate about empowering women and children through basic building blocks like access to safe birth and neonatal care. I’ve also always wanted to start my own company and had been something of a 'wantrepreneur,' coming up with half-baked business ideas, for as long as I can remember," Kate Marie shared.
Kate Marie said what made her idea for Babies4Babies so special was her desire to become a mother and raise her son while doing work she could believe in.
"The first steps to building a business will look different for everyone, but at the end of the day, if you are going to make your idea happen, you need to hustle, talk to as many smart people willing to listen to you, and keep moving forward," said Kate Marie.
"As a mother-to-be who happens to be running a baby brand (or is it the other way around?!), Instagram is my favorite app for sharing my wild journey through first time pregnancy and entrepreneurship," Kate Marie said.
"From my growing bump to the latest Babies4Babies products, I put it all up on the Babies4Babies Instagram!"