Moms in Business Unite Seeks Donations for Japan; Executive Director Kyoko Tanaka Has Personal Connection to Disaster
Moms in Business Unite is accepting donations at its website to send to those who are suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami. Kyoko Tanaka, one of its executive directors, is a native of Japan with family still there, so MIBU wants to do all it can to support her and the devastated country.
“My heart goes out to the people of Japan; it’s hard for me to move forward with my daily activities without thinking of their suffering,” said Randa Cote, founder of SPE Solutions and Moms in Business Unite chairwoman. “The fact that a member of our MIBU family is affected brings this disaster very close to home, so we want to do all we can to offer support.”
Tanaka’s parents live north of Tokyo, and although their home sustained only minor damage, her 78-year-old father was missing for 18 hours, stranded, it turns out, in the subway. The couple had already been planning a visit to San Diego to celebrate their daughter’s birthday, and luckily they were able to make it here, but they’ll be returning to Japan soon.
“I’m really treasuring the time I have with my parents, but I’m just heartbroken when I think of what’s happening in Japan,” Tanaka said. “I have friends who can’t find their relatives, and I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories about mothers having to wait hours and hours to get powdered milk and diapers. They have to think about moving forward and rebuilding, but how can they when day-to-day life is so hard?”
Tanaka, who’s been a U.S. resident since 1982, hopes to go back to Japan in the fall to see her family and provide in-person support. She also plans to donate some of the proceeds from her company, Tanaka Graphics, to help earthquake/tsunami survivors.
“There’s so much need over there right now, I wondered what I could do as one person, but if my efforts help even one woman feed an innocent baby, I’ll feel I’ve contributed,” Tanaka said.
To donate to the MIBU Japan relief effort, visit www.momsinbusinessunite.com. To learn more about Tanaka Graphics, visit www.tanakagraphics.com.
About Moms in Business Unite
The Moms in Business Unite Conference is the vision of five women entrepreneurs who united to empower and educate the growing number of women in business. The annual event, inaugurated in San Diego in 2009, provides business education and solutions for establishing a balanced work and family life by bringing together accomplished instructors, relevant life and business topics, and a truly unique learning environment. It helps women and mom business owners pursue their entrepreneurial dreams by providing tools, resources, and guidance through the various stages of business ownership. Learn more at www.momsinbusinessunite.com.
About Tanaka Graphics
Tanaka Graphics is a boutique firm offering a Zen approach to logo design, brand development, website design and graphic design. Principal Kyoko Tanaka has honed her classic, authentic and simple design style over many years, helping countless clients convert marketing activities into sales. To learn more, visit www.tanakagraphics.com.