Green Lake Moms—your Totally Awesome pick for best mom group in Seattle—is dedicated to sharing resources, offering support, and making connections for local area moms. A network for parents and a generous community to boot, it’s no wonder that Green Lake Moms has such a significant presence among Seattle-area moms. GLM’s Moderator, Cat Burns, recently took the time to chat with us about how the group got started, what makes it awesome, and more. Read on:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do your customers value most about your business?

Cat Burns: Green Lake Moms is an informal neighborhood group of parents. The creation of the group was meant to organize families in the Green Lake area in order to help them connect with one another. The goal was to make Green Lake feel like a small community by reaching out to friends and then friends of friends. Through our amazing e-mail network of members, we help support each other as both parents and neighbors.

RT: What inspired you to start your business?

CB: I joined Green Lake Moms in 2009 to become a part of an awesome group of Moms to help me through the journey of my first child. Melissa Benaroya originally started Green Lake Moms as a community resource in Seattle to provide a place for local moms to share information and support one another. These days, the group has more than 2,500 members. Melissa and I agree it is so necessary to help create community and connection for moms, especially new moms.   It can be very isolating when you have a baby at home. I’ve received amazing resources and support from the women in the group.

RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?

CB: As a parent you’re seeing things in a different way than you did without kids! And with this new outlook, you might have to readjust your old way of doing things to a new and better way. Change can bring new ideas, new insight, and new business ideas that work for what your needs are as a parent – and help other parents, too!

RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?

CB: Book a babysitter weekly to give you a night out either with your partner, your friends, or by yourself!

RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?

CB: I love it when I meet a parent in our community who is excited to meet me—to tell me a story of how much Green Lake Moms has helped her. The stories are what make us a stronger community and resource for each other.

Intrigued by Green Lake Moms and Cat Burns? Check out Cat’s blog here.