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Northeast Ohio native creates job board to help mothers get back to work

CLEVELAND — Being a mom is a full-time job, as it is.

But these days, with the ongoing pandemic and being cooped up at home for so long, many moms are looking for a side hustle or a new business.

An online marketplace is working to help moms rediscover their independence, step out of their comfort zone, and do it entirely on their own terms.

It’s called “Bus Stop Mamas”.

It is basically a virtual job bank for mothers looking for part-time or full-time employment.

The CEO and founder, as well as her husband, hail from northeast Ohio.

They are now helping local mums re-enter the workforce with flexibility.

“Designed for moms by a former northeast Ohio mom herself” is the motto.

Mary Kay Ziniewicz, born in Parma and graduated from the University of Akron, founded and created the online job market “Bus Stop Mamas” in 2019.

Ziniewicz, who was working from home in Minnesota, quickly realized that the talent pool around him was incredibly strong and untapped.

As she dropped her daughter off at the bus stop and chatted with neighborhood mothers who gave up the nine-to-five to raise their children, she noticed a resounding sense of wanting to do more but a sense of defeat.

“I thought– Oh, my God, there’s all this amazing talent at the bus stops. And a lot of these women had tried to get back to work to no avail,” Ziniewicz said.

Bus Stop Mamas now connects moms directly with companies that need their talent.

From moms with GED to PhDs – it’s stress-free and moms are in complete control of their destiny.

“We have moms of all ages in our network at every point in our children’s development as people,” Ziniewicz said.

Ziniewicz created the concept to prove that moms really can have it all and do it their way.

She says the number of mothers fleeing the job market speaks volumes.

-Data shows that 43% of women quit their jobs after having their first child.

-Three million moms quit their jobs during the pandemic to stay at home.

Medina’s mother, Jeanne Merchant, has had a whirlwind of ups and downs in her career.

A mentor and friend suggested the site to her – knowing she needed flexibility – so she could still be successful and care for her now 5-year-old son.

“The gratitude is so overwhelming. I don’t know where I would be without finding the right opportunity at the right time,” Merchant said.

Bus Stop Mamas has now partnered with Discount Drug Marts in Northeast Ohio to help navigate the competitive field, but do it with ease and grace.

“It provides the opportunity for mothers who are looking for part-time or even full-time work. But the key is flexibility,” said Craig Kwasniewski, director of human resources at Discount Drug Mart.

There is no application process or cover download necessary on the site.

Instead, you click “introduce me” and connect directly with the potential employer via email.

Merchant says her gratitude is beyond words and she’s grateful to have balance and always be there for her little guy.

“I think having it all is realizing what’s in front of you and paying attention to it.”

Bus Stop Mamas is totally free.

It all depends on your own terms.

Moms receive an updated email with job postings every Tuesday.

Ziniewicz says they also placed a few dads in jobs.

If you want to see the full site, click here:

Career re-entry | Mamas Bus Stop, LLC

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