The last time we’ve featured Mikaila Ulmer, she struck an investment deal with the folks from ‘Shark Tank’ for her lemonade business, Bee-Sweet Lemonade. Well, Bee-Sweet will become a bigger success with Mikaila’s multi-million expansion deal with ‘Wholefoods’.
According to CNBC, scored a contract with Whole Foods, which initially agreed to sell the product in regional stores. The news got even better earlier this month at the South by Southwest Festival: While being honored alongside other black innovators, the sixth-grader announced an expanded distribution deal through United Natural Foods, according to NBC BLK.
Ironically, it was bee stings that sparked the idea for Mikaila’s lemonade business, which was birthed as a stand. She was inspired to start her biz when she was only four years old — all thanks to two bee stings in one week. According to Mikaila, “I was terrified of bees and I would over react and freak out [after being stung], so my parents wanted me to do some research on the bees and I did that research and in doing that research I found out how incredibly important pollinators they are and that they’re dying. So I decided to create a product that helps save the bees.”
After she discovered her great-grandmother’s 1940s recipe for flaxseed lemonade, Mikaila decided to start a lemonade business which uses honey from local bees for sweetener rather than corn syrup. As her business grew, she expanded from selling lemonade at a stand to bottling it and selling it in local stores and restaurants.
This brilliant little girl is destined for greatness. Because of her success as not only an entrepreneur but also as a philanthropist and a motivational speaker, Mikaila was invited to the White House for the Kids’ State Dinner.