'Mompreneurs' showcase their inventions at Toy Fair - FOX 13 News

'Mompreneurs' showcase their inventions at Toy Fair

Posted: Updated:

The Toy Fair at the Javits Center has a ton of fun stuff to do. But we wanted to get down to business and find out how entrepreneurs made their ideas a reality.

Alison Brush-Stern was walking to the beach in Amagansset with three kids under her arm and realized she forgot the buckets and shovels. That's when Collapse-A-Pail was born.

"As I sat there I remembered my mom had a fold-able plastic cup she would pop up and down in department stores whenever she wanted a drink," Brush-Stern says. "I said that's what I needed, a fold-able packable beach pail!"

Wendy Lasater came up with her business idea when her daughter was going through her monster stage.

"I decided to write her a story, and I took it upon myself to make a Monster Eater," she says. "It's his job to stay up all night and protect her."

Marcia Haut, a therapist, invented the SmartNoggin, which is a learning tool for babies.

All of these "mompreneurs" say the Internet took their business ideas to the next level.

"I did a lot of Google searches we found an excellent developer," Haut says.

Brush-Stern says: "I literally Googled everything, logo designers, to a mechanical drawing."

They suggest assembling the right team and then getting the concept patented to protect your idea and make sure no one else uses your logo and name for a small business. Then you can show off your idea.

Linda Parry, the creator of CanN'Ball, says it doesn't take a lot of cash to get an idea up and running.

"You can start with a concept, bring it to the market and if they adopt it then you can move forward with production costs," she says.

These are just some tips from the pros if you want to make some money off your next big idea.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Almost all NYC pre-K centers ready

    Almost all NYC pre-K centers ready

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:48:37 GMT
    Nearly all 1,100 facilities providing services in the city's new universal pre-kindergarten program are ready to open on time after passing health and safety inspections. City officials said Friday they expect the eight remaining pre-K schools to remedy violations by Sept. 4's opening day. If they don't, affected children will be temporarily enrolled in other facilities.
    Nearly all 1,100 facilities providing services in the city's new universal pre-kindergarten program are ready to open on time after passing health and safety inspections. City officials said Friday they expect the eight remaining pre-K schools to remedy violations by Sept. 4's opening day. If they don't, affected children will be temporarily enrolled in other facilities.
  • Mark David Chapman

    John Lennon's killer denied parole again

    John Lennon's killer denied parole again

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:10:09 GMT
    John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times.
    John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times.
  • Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:02:35 GMT
    Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
    Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices