11 Year Old Lemonade Entrepreneur Lands Contract with Whole Foods

Young 'Shark Tank' winner signs deal to sell her lemonade in over 55 stores.

Adriana Lozano

Adriana Lozano

Feature Writer at RYSE
Adriana Lozano is a creative type with a passion for writing, fashion, traveling and art (not necessarily in that order). She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English in hopes to become a published writer and author.
Adriana Lozano

What do you do when life gives you lemons? Well according to 11 year old Texan Mikaila Umer, you turn those lemons into cash. Last year, Umer won a $60,000 investment deal from FUBU CEO Daymon John while appearing on Shark Tank at the rightful age of 10 years old. Fast forward a year later, Umer has now contracted with Whole Foods to have her Beesweet Lemonade brand available for purchase in over 55 stores throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 

Source via nbcnews.com

Source via nbcnews.com

The young entrepreneur credits her Grandmother Helen’s lemonade recipe and her painful encounters with honey bees for the inspiration behind the brand. Umer explained how it all started to NBC:

“When I was four years old, I got stung by two bees in one week. It was painful. I was terrified of bees. 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?”

Umer has made it her mission to prevent the honeybees from extinction by donating a generous portion of the brand’s profits to local and international organizations who work to save honeybees. According to her website, she also volunteers her time teaching youth and families on the importance of the honeybees and how to help save them.

All this hard work must mean no time to actually enjoy being a kid, right? Not the case.  Umer’s mother told Essence magazine that her daughter enjoys a work life balance:

“Every weekend she does something that she enjoys. It may be rollerblading this weekend, sleepover this weekend. You create a balance because she is working as hard as she is playing.”

Source via nbcnews.com

Source via nbcnews.com

As pictured above, Umer attended the White House Kids’ State Dinner last year where she met President Barack Obama, and will return to the White House in April as a Celebrity Chef for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.



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