The Official Goodbye

5 Sep 2011 by Marlynn Jayme Schotland, 11 Comments »

Happy Back-to-School season, MOBsters!

As a child, I always loved back-to-school season. The shiny new school supplies, the anticipation of seeing all of my classmates again and having new teachers. I have always looked forward to transitions, change, the unknown – a trait that serves many entrepreneurs well.

Now, as I prepare my own children for this annual back-to-school transition, I, too, prepare for a big one of my own: it is time to say goodbye to The Power MOB.

As you can imagine, it is a decision that did not come easily (that’s what all business owners say, right?), and one that has been nearly a year in the making.

I know many of you will have questions, and I wish I had time to answer them all. I’ve started an FAQ page that will live on the website for a while, with more FAQs being added soon.

When I created The Power MOB in early 2006, I simply wanted to create a space where we could connect and share openly as both moms and business owners. A place where we never had to pretend we were just one or the other. I had no clue that in five years, we would help connect, support, educate and inform hundreds of mom entrepreneurs. We’ve bonded, formed an incredible community, and been there for one another to help our professional as well as our family lives flourish. We’ve been there to celebrate many births – of businesses and babies – and supported each other through deaths, divorces, business changes and closures, parenting challenges, and daily ups and downs.

As much as I will miss this business baby of mine, the part I will miss the most is all of you. The Power MOB is like my extended family, and I cherish each of you so much.

It has been a truly incredible five years. THANK YOU. My hope is that you will all continue to connect, collaborate, and grow together, as moms and as business owners. That you will all remember to believe in yourselves each and every moment of the day, as I believe in each of you. You each have such unlimited potential and power, and I wish you all continued success in your professional and personal lives. Follow your instincts, pursue your passions, and live your dreams like only YOU can.

Thank you for everything, MOBsters. Please feel free to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. I look forward to our next chapter together, outside of The Power MOB.


Marlynn Schotland
Founder/President, The Power M.O.B. (Mom-Owned Businesses) E-Mail:
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  1. Thank YOU Marlynn… Thank you for creating a place I could go to find ‘my people’… I appreciate you Chica. Best Wishes!

  2. Marlynn,

    Moving on is often bittersweet. While I have not been part of the Power MOB I’ve watched over the past 18 months as it has changed and grown. But I’ve also watched you grow and create other ventures and paths. I know you will be missed, but I’m sure you are also being supported for the opportunities you helped others find. The most important part has been that you gave many women hope, courage and strength to realize they can DO this.

    Best wishes as you start your new adventure. Shake & Bake!

    You friend,

  3. Thank you Marlynn!! Though it’s tough to say goodbye there are so many hello’s out there…sending you love! Thank you again for giving of yourself, your talents and creating this for us all to share in together. I’m grateful. Xo mgm

  4. Mary Rarick says:

    Thank you so much, Marlynn!

    Wishing you continued success,


  5. Linda Gemal says:

    THANK YOU! Even though I haven’t been to many meetings for a long time, I will truly miss this group. It did give me some extra courage, and invaluable insight in the life of other mom business owners. It will be missed!!!

  6. Robyn Barbon says:

    Can you stand one more THANK YOU, Marlynn? Though “Thank you” doesn’t seem to be enough for all you’ve done for the mom-business-owner community. You have given so much of yourself and have taught us and helped us all so much along the way. Sending you much love, gratitude and best wishes for all that lies ahead for you. And I’ll always cherish my “Mom-E of the month” certificate that hangs on my wall — the very first given out! — as I cherish all the amazing and talented women that I’ve connected with over the years thanks to you and the PowerMOB!

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