What were you doing when you were eleven years old? Riding bikes? Getting into trouble with friends? Thinking people of the opposite sex had cooties? Surely not signing multi-million dollar deals like Mikaila Ulmer. This ambitious eleven-year-old is the creator of BeeSweet Lemonade, a flaxseed based lemonade sweetened with honey from local beehives. You may remember her from the TV show "Shark Tank" where she won $60,000 to expand her brand. Well she must have used that money wisely because she has grabbed the attention of a huge grocery chain, Whole Foods.
Mikaila Ulmer got the idea when she was stung by bees twice in the same week. Talk about a silver lining! Her misfortune sparked a curiosity about bees. When she researched them to learn more, she discovered that not only are bees endangered, but so is our ecosystem if they disappear. "What if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great-Granny Helen's recipe?" she told NBC. And that's how BeeSweet Lemonade was born. Then she went on to quote Albert Einstein, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left." Wow! Is this kid for real.
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BeeSweet Lemonade caught the attention of Whole Foods who offered Mikaila a distribution deal. Her lemonade will be available at 55 different Whole Foods locations in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. If it's successful (and we have a good feeling it will be) her lemonade will be put on shelves nationwide. Here she is posing with her 10,000 dollar producer loan check from Whole Foods.
As if Mikaila already hasn't already made us feel inadequate, not only is she an entrepreneur, but she donates a portion of the lemonade profits to organizations that help protect honeybees. She also met President Obama at the White House Kids' State Dinner in 2015. Did we mention she is only in 6th grade?
We can't wait to see what Mikaila does next! Share if this story made you smile.