This Mother’s Day we’re celebrating some local mamas around the Bay who are offering up inspiring insights into the delicate balance of work/family life and sharing with us what it takes to run a business (on top of it all). It’s important to note, these companies were launched with the help of little muses—nothing like a child to bring out one’s entrepreneurial side. From seasoned to soon-to-launch, read on for some sweet success stories on businesses you’ll want to bookmark for future visits.

Better Baby Grub: Flourish Foods

Kim Burns found herself in a familiar scenario. She was busy with work, the fridge was empty, and she was constantly relying on pouches and jarred baby food to feed her 6-month-old. It was at that point she noticed a gap in the market—there were no services for fresh and locally prepared baby foods in San Francisco. From this lack of options, Flourish Foods was born and has been serving up simple and spiced-up purees to snacks and meals for the whole family since 2010. Bonus, they also offer up nutrient dense stews for pregnant women and postpartum mothers.

What's the biggest challenge of starting your own business with a young family?
Running a business always takes more of your time than you think it will! But the beauty of modern technology means I can be more places and still get some work done. So yes, I may be sending an email at the playground—I am that mom—but at least I can be at the playground with my kids.

How about the biggest reward?
Being able to offer a flexible workplace for other moms and women! I love that I am able to support women not only with our products but in the workplace as well!

Know a local company inspired after the birth of a child? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Sommer Naffz

All images courtesy of the companies unless noted.