By Dorothy Tucker

(CBS) — It’s a challenge for millions of women, balancing their careers with having a family. But moms who comprise a global network of women are getting help from each other, gathering in Chicago today for The Founding Moms Conference.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports it’s a first for Jill Salzman, hosting a conference for women who have businesses and babies and are trying to balance it all.

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“Moms connecting with moms, as opposed to moms connecting with other women or men without babies don’t understand the crazy that we all go through,” she said.

Salzman has been helping moms deal with the craziness since 2010. That’s when she launched The Founding Moms, a website where mom entrepreneurs connect, find resources and learn from other moms.

The nearly 200 moms in attendance are accountants, lawyers, graphic artists and are just a fraction of the organization’s 8,000 members in 42 cities and 9 countries.

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Heidi Brown owns an online travel agency, Options Away, which operates out of 1871, an incubator for tech startups. She says The Founding Moms helps her network.

“The person who does all the insurance for my business I met at a Founding Moms conference, a financial planner that I met is very helpful for me both personally and for my business,” said Brown.

It’s contacts with a mom’s touch, says Salzman.

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“I want to get better at marketing but I how am I going to do that if I have two kids screaming in the background on a conference call? We all share tips, there’s a lot of support and camaraderie that goes on that is really needed,” said Salzman. Thousands of moms could not agree more.

Dorothy Tucker