The 2016 Home Based Business Champion is Laura Wiegmann of Laura’s Eyes Photography in Severna Park, nominated by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
Laura is a people person. She enjoys meeting new people, sharing stories and observing others as they enjoy life. Growing up, she always took photos to commemorate big moments, but also found beauty in the everyday and simple times. As she prepared for college, it was a clear choice to major in Photography, with a minor in Journalism.
Laura spent years working for corporate photo outlets, including Sears Portrait Studios and various youth sports photography companies. Trying to balance motherhood with a full-time job was a challenge. Laura quickly realized that being her own boss would allow her the flexibility to generate income and yet always be there for her children.
This is where being a people person really comes in handy. Laura is skilled at networking, partnering with fellow home based businesses to complete work orders, bartering for services and sharing ideas. Having walked in their shoes, Laura shares her gift will single moms just starting out in business by offering free photos for marketing purposes or even sitting down to guide them through setting up their social media accounts.
Her ability to bring people together for a greater good prompted her to open a local chapter of Business Networking International. In four short years, the chapter has netted over $1 million dollars for their members annually and been honored as Chapter of the Year three times.
Laura is active in her community, working closely with the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and Civitan, an organization dedicated to benefiting the Special Needs community and assists SCORE—Counselors to America Small Business with workshops.