A bright 9-year-old is already a successful businessgirl and on a mission to save the world, one lemonade bottle at a time.
Mikaila Ulmer of Austin, Texas is the founder of BeeSweet Lemonade, a beverage that is made from her family’s special flaxseed lemonade recipe and sweetened with honey. She explained on her company’s website how she birthed the wonderful idea to sell lemonade:
When I was just four, my family encouraged me to make a product for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. So I put on my thinking cap. 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. 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?
That’s how BeeSweet Lemonade was born. It comes from my Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and my new love for bees. So that’s why we sweeten it with local honey. And today my little idea continues to grow.
While selling refreshing lemonade, Mikaila also works hard to improve the earth’s ecosystem. She donates 20 percent of her company’s profit to environmental organizations who are fighting to save bees, which are responsible for pollinating 70 percent of the earth’s food supply. She also travels to different events in Texas to talk about her product and the importance of saving bees from extinction.
BeeSweet can be found at The Whole Foods Market, The Natural Gardener, Farmhouse Delivery, and various other retainers and restaurants.