Mikaila started her lemonade business in 2009. She was just 4-years old, back then! while she was in the brainstorming phase, she also got stung by stung by a bee. Not once, but twice! Obviously, the bee stings scared the hell out of her, but to avert her away from the fear, her parents encouraged Mikaila to do some research on Bees. Her mother, D’Andra Ulmer, turned the scary experience into an insect research assignment.
While at it, to her surprise, she suddenly started to get fascinated with bees. Mikaila’s research concluded just how incredibly important bees were to our ecosystem. She figured that bees pollinated more than 1 out of every 3 bites we eat, and without them our food supply would collapse. And to quote Albert Einstein: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.
She wanted to use her Great Granny Helen’s recipe to help honeybees. So instead of sweetening with anything else, she decided to sweeten the lemonade with local honey. She started with one lemonade stand, and stuck around for three years, during which she kept on selling out. Due to the drastic increase in demand, she decided to expand and got into her first pizza store, and that’s how she started going big.
The business was growing so fast, and so big that Mikaila and her family were finding it exceedingly difficult to produce the lemonade. Hence, they decided to get external help and pitched a potential expansion on the 6th season of the TV show ‘Shark Tank,’ But luckily, Mikaila impressed these sharks with her sweet lemonade so much that, fashion mogul – Daymond John invested $60,000 in BeeSweet for a 25% stake. And since then there has been no looking back for BeeSweet.
Today, her award-winning Me & the Bees Lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, and is also available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies, as well. But for Mikaila, all of this, including her enterprise is more of an environmental and social mission, than just business. She’s doing it for the bees!
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