Mamava Founders Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

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Vermont District Office  - March 19, 2018

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Mamava Founders Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The owners of a Burlington company were named the 2018 Vermont Small Business Persons of the Year. 

Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson of Mamava are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement.  Mamava designs and manufactures free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers.

The idea for Mamava came to light in 2006 after Mayer read an article in the New York Times about the difficulties many nursing mothers face when they return to work. At the time she was a nursing mother who could relate to the challenges mothers face sometimes having to pump breastmilk in bathrooms, cars and other undesirable locations. Dodson, Mayer’s co-worker at JDK Design, had experienced the same difficulties. They decided there had to be a better way and the idea for Mamava was hatched.

For several years, Mamava was mostly just an idea, lovingly incubated at the design studio where Mayer and Dodson continued to be employed full-time. It wasn’t officially established until 2013 when Mamava placed the first prototype in Burlington International Airport. The first two years was a bit of a struggle as many startups are in those infant years. 

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Gov Contracting Certification Webinar 3/21

A government contracting certification webinar will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. March 21.  The webinar will focus on the benefits of participating in the SBA’s three certification programs, the 8(a) Business Development Program, the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business Program.

To join the webinar, visit https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87597705 and when prompted, enter the code 7597705#, then click “join as web participant.”  

When asked to join the audio portion via telephone, click “call me” and enter your phone number.  The system will automatically call you. Upon joining the call, mute the phone to cut down on the background noise and please do not place the call on hold as the hold music will be heard over the presenter.

For more information or for an advance copy of the presentation, email rachael.roderick@sba.gov.