Big Shots Kidz – Mikaila Ulmer
When Mikaila was just four, her family encouraged her to make a product for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and AustinLemonade Day. So she put on her thinking cap. Mikaila says, “I thought about some ideas. While I was thinking, two big events happened.
- I got stung by a bee. Twice.
- Then my Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent my family a 1940’s cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.
I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me. But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees.”
Mikaila learned all about what they do for our ecosystem. Mikaila began thinking, “what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe? ”
That’s how Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. It comes from my Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and Mikaila’s new love for bees. To date Mikaila’s “little idea” continues to grow to a “big enterprise”.
Year-after-year, Mikaila, sells-out of her Me & the Bees 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 shouts: Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.
Now at age 11, when not at her lemonade stand, you can find Mikaila leading workshops on how to save the honeybees, and participating in social entrepreneurship panels. Today, the award-winning Me & the Bees Lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, and available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.
Do you have the next BIG SHOTS KIDZ idea?
To learn more about Mikaila visit http://meandthebees.com/