After a painful experience with multiple angry bees when she’s 4.5years-old, Mikaila Ulmer—now 13—became highly fascinated with the insects.
Later she became attracted to her great-grandmother’s flaxseed lemonade recipe. The outcome was Ulmer founding a company called ‘Me & the Bees Lemonade.’
As someone who has achieved much at her earlier age, Ulmer has this advice:
“First, dream big,” she says, “Second, follow your passion, and third, start now. You’re never too young nor, old to be own a business.”
She credits her success to being fearless, a trait she learned from her parents.
“Be fearless,” she says. “Mom and dad keep telling me that God didn’t give us the spirit of fear.”
“So as I tour the globe encouraging kids to be entrepreneurs and sharing my story, I also tell my choice to “bee” fearless.”
And I know the question that many are asking themselves is: how did she make it at such a young age. Of course, someone had to offer some assistance.
“My family has and remains my biggest system of support,” Ulmer says. “This includes my parents, brothers, uncles, and aunts.”
And Outside of her family, her other supporters, who helped her in launching ‘Me & the Bees Lemonade’ includes several Austin businesses—who all believed in her.
“I can’t mention them all…But there are so many!” she says.
Black girls and women are America’s fastest-growing entrepreneur groups. However, they remain the most underserved—receiving less than 1% of all venture funding for businesses. Luckily, Ulmer has a solution to this crisis.
“The easiest action that our community should take is to share stories of several other small businesses via the social media platform,” she says. “This’s free but very helpful.”
“Communities can also help by asking retailers to sell the products of black women entrepreneurs,” she adds. “And once these products are on the shelves, it’s our responsibility as African-Americans to buy them.”
And for her side, Ulmer says, “I’m now starting to learn how to manage my funds so that I can help other young entrepreneurs like me, by funding their dreams.”
“Again,” she insists. “You’re never too young!”