At just 4 years old, Mikaila Ulmer’s parents encouraged their daughter make a product for a children’s business fair and Austin Lemonade Day. While she was thinking about some ideas, two things happened that inspired Mikaila’s now million dollar business.
“I was stung by a bee, twice. And my Great Granny Helen, sent my family a 1940s cookbook, which included her recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade,” Mikaila explains.
And while Mikaila admits that she didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all, the experience brought out a new found fascination with the critters. “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?”
A super sweet success right out of the gate, Mikaila sold her lemonade at local events, donating a percent of the profits to organizations fighting to save the honeybees. Fast forward to last year, the then 10-year-old landed a spot and secured funding on Shark Tank. Since then, Mikaila has spoken on a panel at SXSW, collected awards for her prize products, has met POTUS and FLOTUS, and most recently, inked a million dollar deal with Whole Foods, that will put BeeSweet products on the shelves of over 55 stores nationwide.
Mikaila has learned a great deal while at the helm of her ever growing brand, and is sharing some sound advice for both kids “and adults” who want to start their own business. One of our favorite “lessons,” this young social entrepreneur shares in the above video…
“You can still be sweet and be profitable.” Yes you can Mikaila, and you are a shining example!
As of May 1st, BeeSweet Lemonade will be known as Me & The Bees Lemonade.