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The essence of a 'power mom'

Tracy Higginbotham is a successful woman

But that's not to say there isn't more out there for her. Higginbotham got her start in business after graduating from SUNY Oswego when she entered the corporate business world.

Soon after she decided that really wasn't what she wanted to do and moved from Philadelphia, Pa., back home to Central New York. Since those days she has become a wife, mother of two sons (now ages 17 and 13) and a woman entrepreneur owning two businesses in the Syracuse area -- Five Star Events and Women TIES.

Now author can be added to that list. Higginbotham has been published in the most recent edition of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms."

A subscriber to the national query service Peter Shankman, Higginbotham saw a query come through about submitting stories for the new book released March 24. Taking a chance, she sent an email to one of the editors of the book, Wendy Walker, who is a former commercial litigator, a stay-at-home mom and recently published her first novel, "Four Women," Higginbotham said.

"I wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for the national query," she said of the call for submissions.

Walker sent suggestions back to Higginbotham after receiving the story. She edited through the text and when is was ready, she sent her story, "A Golden Glow," back to Walker and the piece was accepted for publication.

The story is about Higginbotham's passion for entrepreneurship, her dedication to her two sons and her determination to give women entrepreneurs a voice in New York. But it's also about the choices she made when the deciding to take the leap into business ownership.

"My story is about powering women," she said.

In her "Power Moms" story, Higginbotham talks about three objects on her desk. One is the 2005 Small Business Administration District 2 Women Owned Business Champion Award she received, the second is a picture of her son and six on his West Genesee lacrosse friends and the third is a picture of her and her sons, Thomas and Adam.

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