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“The more passionate you are about what you do, the better you’ll do it and the more fun you’ll have while doing it.” – Mikaila
Mikaila Ulmer, a 10-year-old girl from Texas, is the face of a thriving lemonade business. It’s not just a well-trafficked stand in her parents front yard, but a full-fledged company—BeeSweet Lemonade—that just got a $60K investment on Shark Tank.
What makes BeeSweet special is that it’s sweetened by honey rather than sugar or artificial sweetener—an idea that Mikaila had after becoming passionate about the plight of the honey bee and receiving a unique lemonade recipe from her grandmother..
Her interest with bees began at age 4 when she was upset and freaked out by two consecutive bee stings. To make her feel better, Mikaila’s parents had her study the insect.
Year-after-year, Mikaila, sells-out of her BeeSweet Lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events while donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she says: “Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.”
From the very start, Mikaila invested a portion of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to organizations fighting hard to save the honey bees. She also volunteers her time teaching youth and families on the importance of the honeybees and how to help save them.
Now at age 10, when not at her lemonade stand telling all the digestive benefits of flaxseed, you can find Mikaila leading workshops on how to save the honeybees, and participating in social entrepreneurship panels. Mikaila launched her own Facebook page, where visitors can ‘Like’ interesting facts about bees, honey and BeeSweet Lemonade.
BONUS: If you enjoyed learning about Mikaila, check out her interview with the Dallas News where she talks about learning financial literacy.
Thanks to Jezebel for Mikaila’s inspiring story.
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