Westport resident Jennifer Strom Simonte was 31 when she first launched her own company on the streets of Chicago. Now, a decade later, she’s based in southwestern Connecticut, and her business Belly Dance Maternity has blossomed into a national brand in the maternity fashion realm.
Balancing a company that employs about 20 people and motherhood isn’t always easy, but Simonte credits her success to her super-human energy levels, which have helped her power through 20 hour days.
“I think the energy comes naturally, because you have to get things done,” she said. “On a typical day, I wake up, get the kids to school, work out, come home, work until they’re home from school, then I’ll pick them up, spend time with them and after they go to bed, I work some more. It’s late nights a lot but I make that choice because it’s important for me to be there when my kids are home from school.”
Simonte’s town of Westport has the highest share of people who work for themselves of all 32 towns in southwestern Connecticut.
And Westport isn’t alone. As a whole, the Bridgeport-Stamford Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers the same area as Fairfield Countyhas one of the highest shares of workers who are self-employed among the nation’s largest metros.
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