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Mikaila and the Bees: Eleven-Year-Old Turns Lemons into Millions with Her Lemonade Brand

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Apr 01, 2016
Mikaila and the Bees: Eleven-Year-Old Turns Lemons into Millions with Her Lemonade Brand

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, or in Mikaila’s case, you make millions.

Eleven-Year-Old Mikaila Ulmer’s first introduction to success was when she appeared on ABC’s hit investing show, Shark Tank. Mikaila pitched her vision for her “Me & The Bees” Lemonade where she talked about her love and passion for bees, and her dream to help save the declining population. Luckily, she managed to secure a $60,000 investment when FUBU CEO, Daymond John bee-lieved in her dream.




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Hanging out with my partner! Speaking Panels, networking and fun. Loving my time here in OHIO #Enspire2015

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Mikaila’s interest was sparked when she was stung by two bees in one week at the tender age of four. What she said was started out of fear, grew into a fascination with bees. After researching and realizing that bees could become extinct in the future, Mikaila decided to start a lemonade stand by using her great-grandmother’s recipe, and natural honey rather than sugar for sweetener which would ultimately save the lives of bees.


Looks Like some great honey. Thank you bees. My lemonade will taste absolutely Beelicous?

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The young entrepreneur later signed a deal with Whole Foods and United Natural Foods worth $11 million. Since then, “BeeSweet Lemonade” can be found in about fifty-five Whole Foods stores in states including, Texas, New York, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The ingredients include freshly squeezed lemons, local Texas honey, some sugar cane, flaxseed, and natural mint.

I love this Whole Foods Market Display. Don’t let the shark bite u #BeeSweetSharks #wholefoods

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Mikaila’s success has even landed her in the presence of President Barack Obama at the White House for the Kids’ State Dinner last year, and back again for the Easter Egg Roll last week as a Celebrity Chef.


Talking bees and BeeSweet Lemonade w The President. Loved my visit to the White House. I also met @michelleobama too!

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Of course, a percentage of BeeSweet’s profits are used to assist with researching ways to preserve the lives of bees. Here are some facts about honey bees that you probably didn’t know. I guess you could say Mikaila has inspired us.

  • Honey bees are the only bees that die after they sting.
  • Honey bees never sleep.
  • Honey bees fly at fifteen miles per hour.
  • The Queen bee may lay between six hundred to fifteen hundred eggs per day.
  • Honey bees pollinate more than fifteen billion crops each year, and about one-third of food groups, including cherries and apples.

While Mikaila isn’t busy coming up with new flavors and recipes for BeeSweet, she enjoys helping her friends to start businesses as well. She will also be traveling to South Africa in June to speak to young girls about entrepreneurship.

I don’t know about you, but if that eleven-year-old didn’t just inspire you to start something, you might just need to check yourself!

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