Sweet Success: BeeSweet Lemonade’s 11-Year Old Entrepreneur Banks Whole Foods Contract
Want to be a successful entrepreneur? Turn your pain into a product that betters people and the planet while making you a profit. This is what one Texas girl did after being stung by bees twice in one week. In 2015, she received $60,000 via ABC’s business investment show Shark Tank. Now, Whole Foods is set to distribute her product in 55 stores in the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana markets.
Meet 11-year old Mikaila Ulmer, CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade. #BlackGirlMagic
Mikaila is a social entrepreneur, bee ambassador, educator, and student.
At four-years old, Mikaila was encouraged by her parents to launch a business for the Acton Children’s Business Fair. This call to action prompted Mikaila to brainstorm a viable product to take to market. That’s when the magic happened.
Inspired by her grandmother’s flaxseed lemonade recipe, Mikaila added honey to the equation in an effort to support the ecological system of the honey bee’s, her new found friends once enemies. Post being stung by a bee twice in one-week, she tackled her fear of the insects by conducting research on their ecological relevance.
“ I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?”
BeeSweet was an instant success, and now Mikaila’s edible genius is flying off the shelves at Whole Foods. Mikaila also doesn’t have plans on slowing down. Her vision is to one day have a BeeSweet store with multiple BeeSweet Products.
“I work on the business after school, after I do my homework, and on weekends and during spring breaks,” Mikaila said in an interview with NBCBLK. “There are not too many times when I feel stressed.”
Clarissa Joan is a spiritual life coach and editor-in-chief of The Clarissa Joan Experience. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, their two girls, and a yorkie named Ace. Clarissa is also an expert in impact investing.