Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Facebook February Feature #2

Meet Sophie Gratton, owner of MiniMaestroTM.



One of the hottest new diaper brands to emerge from Canada is MiniMaestroTM. Sophie Gratton, originally of Montreal, Quebec, is the woman behind the business. Originally just a mom who decided to stay home from work to take care of her young children, Sophie turned to cloth diapering to help out with the family's budget. Frustrated by her inability to find the perfect cloth diaper for her kids, she decided to make her own, incorporating all her favorite elements into these home-grown cloth diapers: trimness, affordability, leak resistancy, and ease of use. Using her 14 month old daughter as her "guinea pig", the MiniMaestro pocket diaper was finally born after several different trials revealed the best version.

Being environmentally and socially responsible is a priority for Sophie and MiniMaestroTM. The diapers themselves are manufactured in Montreal by Petites Mains, a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people--particularly immigrant, single, unemployed, or struggling women. Petites Mains fights to end poverty, exclusion, and violence against these women and to assist them with living a life of greater dignity in society. In addition to partnering with this agency, MiniMaestro also partners exclusively with North American suppliers when purchasing materials to make their diapers. This ensures that the products that go into their pocket diapers are made responsibly and in a way that helps provide quality jobs for North American workers. In fact, MiniMaestro's slogan, "For them. For you. For tomorrow. / Pour eux. Pour vous. Pour demain." further attests to the fact that this company looks beyond itself to the lives of all the people it touches.

Sophie herself is kept very busy with the company. Though she does work alone on this endeavor, she openly confesses that she couldn't do it without the amazing support of her entire family. At home backing her is her spouse and their two incredible kids, Xavier (6) and ChloĆ© (2½). In a former life, Sophie has a university degree in Geographical Information Systems, a field that she worked within for 12 years. Though she still does a bit of freelance work in the GIS field, her passion and top priority nowadays is working on MiniMaestroTM and spending time with her children.

Though she still has strong business ties and personal roots based in Montreal, Sophie and her family now happily live in Ottawa, Ontario, where they plan to stay.





This is feature number 2 of 8 for our Facebook February promotion. Read all the features this month and then join us for a Facebook party on Monday, February 28th at 8:00 PM CST, where Sophie Gratton and MiniMaestroTM will be giving away a FREE wet bag to one lucky winner!

91 comments:

Crystal- Jumpn Jax Boutique said...

<3 how shes a SAHM that became a entrepeneur WAHM. GO her! :)

jumpnjax@live.com

Emmy said...

i respect that shes being social responsable, its not an easy road, but sometimes standing by your morals arnt!

Emmyab @ gmail.com

The Trophy Wife said...

Wow! It's amazing how she is utilizing the non profit to not only help her, but to help others too. It's a win-win situation. I can completely respect someone who takes care of their community!

obsessionsottw at gmail.com

Michelle said...

I am most respectful of Sophie for finding a way to keep North American workers employed :)

therrienfamily@sasktel.net

Kelsey said...

I respect her family for giving her so much support!!! That is awesome!!!! kelseylynn_05@yahoo.com

Keri said...

I love that she used her 14 month old daughter as her "guinea pig" and actually called her that!! I call my little man my little test subject!!

keribell89@msn.com

karissa soetens said...

what i respect the most is she is not only doing this to stay at home and raise her kids, she is also doing it in a way that helps other people! (having them manufactured by petites mains)
karissa.soetens@yahoo.ca

laura.leathers said...

how can you not have respect for a woman that works alone and gets so much accomplished!!? :) laura.leathers@yahoo.com

Sam said...

I respect that she was able to do something that she loves and it not only helps her family but also other less fortunate women.

mom_momx2 AT hotmail DOT com

staceybenstroup said...

I respect the fact that she has decided to be a stay at home mom and now runs her own buisness alone.

Aimee said...

that her company is a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people!


aimee murad at gmail dot com

Carrie Phelps said...

I SUPER respect that she has her diapers manufactured at Petites Mains because they're a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people--particularly immigrant, single, unemployed, or struggling women. KUDOS!!!!
CarrieDust@yahoo.com

jamiebartley said...

that she is a mom of two with her own business

jamiebartley(at)aol.com

Cass said...

I respect the fact that their diapers are produced by a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people!

vendetta.fiend@gmail.com

Tiffany said...

I respect that they only use north american suppliers!
hismrs2010 at aol dot com

Carrie said...

I respect that instead of just going with whatever she could get, she decided to design her own stuff to get the best fit!

Carrie Gulledge
carrie_anng@yahoo.com

Christie said...

I respect that she gave up her job in GIS and built this business on her own.

christiedickson@gmail.com

Ashley said...

I respect that she's doing all manufacturing locally, and that it's with a great non-profit company. Very socially responsible!

ashley_272 @ hotmail.com

Cynthia24x7 said...

I respect thst not only is she environmentaly responsible, but also socially. c.hort(at)cox.net

Rockin' Momma said...

The diapers themselves are manufactured in Montreal by Petites Mains, a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people--particularly immigrant, single, unemployed, or struggling women. Petites Mains fights to end poverty, exclusion, and violence against these women and to assist them with living a life of greater dignity in society

WOW!!! THIS IS MY ULTIMATE DREAM!!! I always had the idea of making a sort of business that owul ultimately give skills and jobs to women in need.. I totally respect and admire her company for that!!

ibbabies(at)gmail.com

hookskeinandblanky said...

I respect how she is a stay at home mother and turned into a WAHM! She reminds me of me.

kimberly_guimond@live.com

dailymom said...

Wow! I love that the diapers are made by a non-profit organization, with such good values!

heididaily at gmail dot com

Katie Rose said...

I love that MiniMaestro partners exclusively with North American suppliers.

kathrynrose12 at hotmail dot com

Jenna said...

I respect how socially aware she is! Her slogan is perfect! What a giving and thoughtful person!

jnaves@monsanto.com

Megan said...

I respect that she works with Petites Mains. ichigooverflow at gmail dot com

Nicolette May Capuano said...

I very much respect that MiniMaestro's products are made by such wonderful people who care about the Employees making their products.

nicoletteamay@yahoo.com

Dede Reneh said...

What's not to respect?! How wonderful! I respect her desires to pursue her dreams while also helping others find jobs!

<3 Dede
WithAllYourHeart@hotmail.com

Kim McIntosh said...

i love and respect that minimaestro uses a non-profit for its manufacturing and supports its community in such a meaningful and sustainable way
mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

Hillary said...

What an amazing way to give back to your community.. And with two kids!! Loved the part where she used her youngest as a 'guinea pig'!! ;)

hillbills95 at yahoo dot com

Atina said...

That she is able to keep in touch with what she loves to do (both in and out of the home) and keep up with her family!!

Atina Roberts
ghost-traveler@wdemail.com

~*~Taya~*~ said...

I respect that shes being social responsible. I love the fact that her diaper manufacturer helps out so many people.
tayarmj520@gmail.com

Ashley said...

i really respect the fact that she can look beyond the university degree and make career choices that are really for the greater good. many women (myself included) feel too tied down by the degrees to just free themselves and do what they really love! that's a total inspiration for me!

Ashley said...

I seriously respect that she actually went and made her own diapers to try to make a perfect one!

anw1107@aol.com

Elizabeth said...

I respect those who create a goal for themselves and follow through. Good job and good luck

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kde423 said...

I admire her for taking a risk and leaving her field to become a SAHM/WAHM. AWESOME.

kde423@gmail.com

katiepalladino said...

I respect that she is using all North American made products in her diapers.

katiepalladino@hotmail.com

Savvy Spending Mommas! said...

That she gives back to her community in a great way!


Megan Ward
Coupon.junkie@hotmail.com

morenodaisy said...

I respect that she was able to do what she loves to do with the support of her beautiful family

morenodaisy@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

i really respect the fact that she can look beyond the university degree and make career choices that are really for the greater good. many women (myself included) feel too tied down by the degrees to just free themselves and do what they really love! that's a total inspiration for me!

ashley.garrett1429@yahoo.com

Becky said...

I respect that she decided to make her own diapers to fit her needs!
rahuss85 at gmail dot com

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

I respect the fact that she became a SAHM, it's scary to go from having money, to only having one income, and add to that kids.
bfcourage at yahoo dot com

Lorni said...

i respect the fact that she uses Petites Mains, a company that does so much good!

lstanfield10 at gmail dot com

The Clothspring said...

I just won 3 of their diapers and I can not wait to review them now! I love that a nonprofit makse the diapers and is working to help others, awesome.

theclothspring at htomail

Riggslacey said...

I just love that this mama is doing it for her kids. I wish I could
mellorlacey at yahoo dot com

Manager to Mom said...

It's great to hear that the diapers are manufactured by a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people, and also that MiniMaestro partners exclusively with North American suppliers. This is a diaper I'd feel super confident putting on my DD!

kristy_anstett at yahoo dot com

Christine said...

I respect that her company is environmentally & socially responsible.
christinemcarlson at msn dot com

Lauren said...

I respect Sophie for partnering exclusively with North American suppliers, providing jobs for american workers.
gabrielandlauren@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I think it's cool that she was determined to find the "perfect" diaper...I wish I had the passion.
Ampink1226@sbcglobal.net

KarilynAley said...

wow not only did she have the integrity to make her own "perfect diaper" - she makes sure that the process of making the diaper STILL is in sync with good environmental and social standards! well done! (i studied a LOT of corporate social responsibility in law school - this fascinates me!)

karilynaley at yahoo

CC said...

I like that she does what she believes in, helps other people, is helping people that work for her and seems to be a do-it-all-mama. Very inspiring.
ccatsoon@yahoo.com

Kathryn said...

I respect that Mini Maestro takes a really holistic approach to their business model: producing a great product, supporting healthy choices (CDing) for babies and families, and also uses such an admirable company for their manufacturing!

kat.c.stevens(at)gmail(dot)com

beth said...

I like that she is enabling her employees to better their lives
goodkarmacan at yahoo dot com

Discordia said...

I respect that she uses a non profit and makes products that she stands behind while providing quality jobs.

jaimepthorpe at gmail.com

Ashley said...

Love that she is not only helping the environment by being ecofriendly, but is also trying to help others who may be struggling/suffering...truly inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

scrappinpinkpiglet(at)gmail(dot)com

jdm2551 said...

I respect that she decided to make her own diapers after not being able to get the right fit with others! Thats a major leap!
lovemyhnk@yahoo.com

pstorme said...

i respect that she works with a non profit!
pstorme at verizon dot net

Tiffany said...

I love that she is using the non-profit to manufacture the diapers. How cool is that?
etwilkins at gmail dot com

sally zinger said...

That she is a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people--particularly immigrant, single, unemployed, or struggling women. That is amazingly admirable!!!!
sjzinger@rogers.com

greatdeals2010 said...

I respect the fact that she is so willing to help others. Especially, struggling women~
kershuk @ comcast.net

LoveLivesHere said...

I respect that she is environmentally and socially responsible!

loveliveshere2@yahoo.com

Shannon said...

I like how she uses her product to help promote job production in North America. During these times, it's wonderful to have a business owner like this!

The Bag Lady said...

I love and respect that she wasn't satisfied with the current diapers out there, so she took the initiative to make them herself!She is an amazing woman!
Emily Blewett
emilyblewett01@gmail.com

Katie said...

Respect her for many things - she took a chance and left her job to be a SAHM and do something that makes her happy. Standing up for ideals such as socially responsible manufacturing deserves respect as well, as it isn't always easy or cheap to do it that way.

Katie
kdub4@u.washington.edu

Jaimie said...

Great that the company manufacturing the diapers helps disenfranchised people.
jaimiemildred at gmail dot com

Lara + Chris said...

I love that everything is sourced from North America!!

largirl at yahoo dot com

Alex said...

I love that they get their resources from North American suppliers!!

markafisher7@yahoo.com

beaglenutty said...

Great that she is a non-profit and a WAHM!
beaglenutty at yahoo dot com

Reyka said...

I love that she's a non-profit! I respect any entrepreneur WAHM! :)

reykasmith@gmail.com

Nina said...

I respect that she works with a non profit org. What a great cause!
Nina
arenscm at gmail dot com

catamo said...

Yeah for Canadian made. I love that she has remained non-profit

catamorg (at) gmail(dot) com

Robertsons said...

I respect the fact that she knows she can't do it alone. robertson.erica.rae@gmail.com

lulu said...

i love that she works with no profits

lulio163 at hotmail dot com

mrsweiss said...

i love thats she uses all north american suppliers! And she is a wahm its amazing!!
mrsnaweiss@aol.com

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i respect that she chose to go through a non profit and help other women while manufacturing her products!! AMAZING!

hancoci_s at msn dot com

claudilia said...

I like that she cares where the materials for her diapers come from.
claudilia@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

I respect that she didn't settle and she didn't give in!!

ashleyrwarner@live.com

boyzrule said...

This is what I admire:
The diapers themselves are manufactured in Montreal by Petites Mains, a non-profit organization that stands up for disenfranchised people--particularly immigrant, single, unemployed, or struggling women.
Awesome!!!
dmoretti1967 at yahoo dot com

SondraMama said...

WOW!! I totally respect that Sophie went to school for 12 years and now ... she is really just at home with her children and doing this business instead! with out her, we wouldn't have fabulous MiniMaestro's!

muloove at yahoo dot com

Bri said...

I love that sge is a wahm entrapaneur
sradke1024 at gmail dot com

blondiegirl said...

I LOVE how they are empowering others in less than ideal circumstances. What a great company!

(stacey russell)
centered@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

<3 WAHM's!

Samhally@sbcglobal.net

Kristen M Eby said...

she is a WAHM!

pommfrites@aol.com

Amber said...

Being environmentally and socially responsible is a priority! ambrosia1012@yahoo.com

Meagan said...

she is WAHM :)

Ladybug0700@yahoo.com

Colleen M said...

I respect that she employs struggling and single mothers!

colljerr at comcast dot net

Cassie Sublett said...

love that she is nonprofit

csublett25@gmail.com

jen said...

making her own diapers


mommygoingreen4@yahoo.com

Winterose said...

I love that she uses a local non-profit to help raise awareness and make her diapers to help spread finances into the community.

whitewinterose21@yahoo.com

Stacey said...

I respect her social awareness and the fact that she works to better the lives of so many people
staceymison@gmail.com

Mike said...

What an amazing person-environmentally and socially responsible.
demimo at cox dot net

Higgs Happenin's said...

I think it's impossible not to respect that MiniMaestro is not only helping us by being eco friendly, but it's manufacturing is helping so many other people that need jobs and hope. Thank you for making the world a better place!

britbakow at gmail dot com