Turning a Fun Family Tradition Into a Successful Business

on April 17, 2017

Whether your family traditions are steeped in cultural heritage or are simply ways for your family to celebrate itself, these time-honored practices can help create strong bonds between generations. In the business world, those same traditions may be a source of inspiration for your next idea or product.

In Microsoft’s 10 Under 10 eBook, we feature 11-year-old entrepreneur, Mikaila Ulmer, whose treasured family lemonade recipe and serendipitous bee sting, led her to launch a hugely successful brand.

me & the bees

While brainstorming for her entry into a local children’s business competition, Mikaila Ulmer was stung by a bee. She began researching bees and their impact on our ecosystem, which gave her the idea to combine her great grandma’s lemonade recipe with a way to help support honeybees. At the age of four, Mikaila launched Me & The Bees Lemonade, which donates a portion of its profits to organizations that fight to save honeybees.

She’s since appeared on “Shark Tank” and landed a deal with Whole Foods. Mikaila continues to run her successful business while juggling informational honeybee workshops and entrepreneurship panels with finishing her homework and playing Minecraft on her Xbox.

Mikaila is a great example of finding inspiration in the most unlikely places and following your dreams at any age. For more on Mikaila and our other small businesses accomplishing big goals with fewer than 10 employees, download the 10 Under 10 eBook.

This article originally appeared on Microsoft