Eleven-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, founder and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade, has set up a deal with 55 Whole Foods stores across the southern United States. Her lemonade and brilliant personality has gained her national attention and a $60,000 start-up fund, as well as a trip to the White House. Read more.
It was her appearance on the television show “Shark Tank” that got Whole Foods’ attention.
Mikaila became an expert on bees after she was stung twice in a week. In order to face her newly found fear of bees, her mother urged her to study up on them. She did, and she found that they were dying off at a rapid pace in what is known as colony collapse disorder. She saw the danger this posed to the food chain and wanted to help.
She began making lemonade with her grandmother’s flax-seed recipe and selling it, donating 10% of the profits to help protect bees around the world.
With her immense success, she is now focused on growing the business and is developing two new flavors. Her skeptical friends are now fully on board, seeking to start businesses of their own.
“At first, they didn’t believe me,” she told NBC News. “Now I am helping my friends start their own businesses.”
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Congratulations and continued success Mikaila!
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