The Women (and Girls) of Small Business – Part 1

By: Erika Moye

Women owned businesses are one of the fastest growing types of the small businesses. In fact, back in 2013, the year was crowned the “Year of the Female Entrepreneur”! Women are increasingly taking matters into their own hands and becoming influential forces to be reckoned with in the small business world– which greatly impacts our society in many ways.

For the next couple of weeks, I plan to write about the many influential women and girls in small business—those already making a difference and those that are just getting their feet in the pool to accomplish the same—to show that women and girls are doing great things and paving the way for future generations of women and girls to come and making our society, and world, a better place.

To start off, there is Mikaila Ulmer. Now 12 years old, Ulmer is one of the youngest entrepreneurs and small business owners. She has been a panelist for conferences like South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Women Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) and has been featured in national magazines, received a plethora of rewards, and an investment in her company by ABC’s Shark Tank investor, Daymond John. Ulmer leads workshops on the importance of saving the honeybees and entrepreneurship.

The Austin, Texas 7th grader is the CEO of her business Me & The Bees Lemonade. The company’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, making consumers knowledgeable in honeybees, as well as giving them a refreshing, naturally sweetened with honey, lemonade which is now available in organic grocery stores like Whole Foods Market. With her earnings, Ulmer donates a percentage to organizations that help save the bees.

Mikaila Ulmer, as a 12-year-old, is already making a difference through her small business by giving us not only a thirst-quenching beverage, but the knowledge to keep our environment, and ourselves, healthy and happy. She is literal proof that so much can be accomplished at young age.


For more information on Mikaila, her business, and her lemonade:

Instagram: @MikailasBees
Twitter: @MikailasBees