Mikaila Ulmer began making flaxseed lemonade using a recipe from a family cookbook at age 4. Today, at 12 years old, Mikaila owns her own company, has been featured in Oprah magazine, appeared on Shark Tank where she became business partners with Daymond John, met Michelle and Barack Obama and most recently received a $810,000 investment from a group of current and former NFL players.
Mikalia’s popular lemonade company, “Me & the Bees,” uses honey to sweeten its lemonade with a portion of its profits donated to saving the honey bee population.
Retired Houston Texan, Arian Foster, who was among the group of football players that invested in “Me & The Bees” told the Houston Chronicle, “You always have to be open and willing to learn, and she is. I’m learning from her, too. It’s a cycle. You have to keep an open mind and continue to grow.” Foster went on to say, “Of course, any time you invest in anything you look at if it’s going to be profitable. We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons. It’s more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”
The group of NFL investors also includes Arian Foster, Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sherrick McManis, EJ Manuel and Malik Jackson.
At only 12, Mikaila Ulmer has managed to turn a family recipe into a small business that is quickly going. Ulmer has earned the faith of numerous business people as investors, partners and mentors and it seems that the possibility for her and “Me & The Bees” are endless.You may support and purchase “Me & The Bees” lemonade at Whole Foods and various other conscious food retailers.