Entrepreneurial Mom is Focus of ABC World News Segment

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Gourmet food “Mom-Entrepreneur” shares with the world how she achieves balance between her a made-from-scratch startup business and caring for her young family.

Known nationally as the “Dippy Chick”™, gourmet food entrepreneur Christine Hanisco was featured on ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson (http://www.abcnews.go.com/WNT). The mother of two told the world how she handles being a full-time caregiver while simultaneously operating her successful home-based business -- The Dippy Chick Company, Inc. Her segment was aired in a multi-part series produced by ABC entitled “Home & Work.”

The series features the differing ways in which many moms tackle the feat of growing their families while still remaining financial contributors to their households. Hanisco talked of her experiences as an entrepreneur and primary caregiver, and the perks and hardships of being so -- mentioning that although there are some sacrifices, her business "is for her kids" and that it would someday benefit them in the future. She also spoke of the early mornings and late nights of entrepreneurship, as well as her beloved “hug breaks” that she receives from her young sons that help her through the daily grind.

Hanisco started her business in 2004 upon finding out that she was pregnant with her second child, and realizing that a continuing career in real estate was an impossibility. She now produces a line of humorous, off-beat gourmet dip mixes under her Dippy Chick™ brand name, as well as a line of delicious frosted walnuts, known as Squirrel Bait™.

Hanisco sells to internet consumers via her web site, http://www.DippyChick.com , as well as through retail stores nationwide. To date, her products are being sold in over 50 stores across the country. With products entitled “Gettin’ Piggy Widdit”, “Kamikaze Wasabi”, and “Don’t Squat With Your Spurs On”, Hanisco has a large following of humor-loving “foodies” everywhere.

Hanisco's products are all-natural and wheat/gluten free, therefore she also has a growing health-conscious customer base which includes people suffering from gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease. (Hanisco and her children suffer from gluten intolerance.)

Off-camera, Hanisco cited several people and resources that have helped her through the growing pains of a startup business including Mompreneurs® co-authors, Patricia Cobe and Ellen Parlapiano (http://www.mompreneursonline.com); an internet forum called “The Switchboards” where like-minded crafty business women commingle and share ideas (http://www.theswitchboards.com); and StartUp Nation -- a national radio show and website aimed at helping entrepreneurs network (http://www.startupnation.com).

Coincidentally, Hanisco will be featured on the Startup Nation radio show this Saturday, October 14, 2006, discussing her ABC television debut.

Hanisco can be contacted via her web site, http://www.dippychick.com and via phone at (603) 686-5536.

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