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Meet Hazel Quimpo of LB Littles in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hazel Quimpo.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
A long background in events, marketing and community-building has led me to life with LB Littles. I first bought the domain shortly after my son, who is now four, was born. After searching for something as simple as mommy-and-me classes but being pulled in a million different directions, I knew the same thing the ladies struggling to cook pasta in the infomercials knew: there’s gotta be a better way.

Years later, I was facing a layoff at a startup I was working with and thought it was as good a time as any to get this thing off the ground. That’s what has lead me to today with a community full of local parents eager to find the next new activity for their families.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I sat down and counted recently and realized I’ve held 17 different jobs in my working life. From lifeguard to wedding planner and everywhere in between. It’s never a smooth road. In my different bouts at entrepreneurship, I’ve learned to lean on others for the parts I’m terrible at, namely anything administrative. You’ve never met someone worse at paperwork than me. So, I’ve learned the hard way to hire tax and accounting professionals sooner rather than later in any business endeavor.

My latest struggle is balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood. There are some days where I’m an amazing business woman and others where I’m an amazing mom, but honestly, the days where I’m both are rare, if not non-existent.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the LB Littles story. Tell us more about the business.
When you become a parent, your life becomes surprisingly hyperlocal. Before kids, I’d meet a friend in Pasadena for dinner, followed by brunch in Newport Beach with family the next day. As a mom, you’re lucky to see me outside of the three-block radius from my home.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but the hyperlocal nature of parenthood became apparent to me. I’d see a cool class in Santa Monica or West Covina, but finding something right in my city was tough, which is why I built a hyperlocal resource for parents in and around Long Beach.

I’m passionate about Long Beach and about community, as such I’m hoping LB Littles will help develop a new friendships with parents and families throughout our neighborhoods.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve been insanely lucky to have such a supportive partner and family throughout my career to support me through my ups and downs. That support comes in many forms, from emotional to literal physical support unloading boxes at events. Nobody else in my family has a career in marketing or events, but they could certainly all be pros at it with the amount of help they’ve offered me over the years.

I don’t know if you’d call depression “bad luck,” but it’s certainly a counterpoint to every success I’ve had in business. Nobody thinks I’m going to fail more than I do, and that ugly voice in my head is one of the most difficult things to overcome in nearly every aspect of my life.

That goes back the luck I’ve had in family though, they’re always there for me, throughout all the ups and downs and I’m immensely thankful.

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Natalie Moser

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