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Smart Moms

Smart Moms was founded by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Michelle Yanik in July 2003, to provide administrative services to small businesses using a workforce of professional and educated moms. The company's main office is in Cary, NC. The boutique and coaching firm services clients in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and virtually. The company has helped over 450 businesses find moms (& dads) with professional skills who are committed to part-time, contract and virtual work opportunities that meet their lifestyle demands.

By using Smart Moms, Employers realized:  

Time to Indentify New Cients

Time and Bandwidth to Scale for Growth

Workforce and Time to create additonal values for their custmers



Garla SmithGarla Smith

Along with her husband, Garla is raising two daughters and places high value on community involvement. She is active within her church and serves on the Business and Professional Women Triangle Board.  She is active in Toastmasters - Heart of Cary Chapter.  

Prior to co-founding Smart Moms, Garla was a Manufacturing Engineer and Documentations Specialist for Hewlett Packard and Applied Materials. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and earned her MS in Mechanical Engineering (Concentration Manufacturing) from North Carolina A&T University. She has completed her Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Certification which enables her to provide standardized career development skills to her clients (specializing in women employers, women job seekers and students). 

Prior to obtaining her professional degrees, Smith acquired extensive administrative experience in multiple industries. Click here to view my LinkedIn profile and Smart Moms Facebook Page.



20131104 140417 resized 4    Vanessa Edwards - Virtual Office Manager



Vanessa has worked as an Administrative Assistant for 15+ years in the following settings: funeral home, human resource, medical, marketing, mortgage company and real estate.  Skilled in MS Office, she is a detail oriented manager and  capable of working independently with minimum supervision.   She enjoys learning new skills.

She lives with her husband and twin daughters. Vanessa enjoys traveling, helping people, and spending time with family and friends.











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