11-Year-Old Lemonade Entrepreneur Elevates ‘Shark Tank’ Success to New Deal with Whole Foods Stores

29906170001_4236414340001_video-still-for-video-4236293456001An 11-year old Texas girl has signed a deal with Whole Foods to sell her lemonade — developed from her great-grandmother’s 1940 recipe — in four southern states.

After appearing on the hit ABC business investor show Shark Tank, Austin, Texas sixth grader Mikaila Ulmer gained $60,000 for her BeeSweet Lemonade company, which is saving honeybees and quenching thirsts in her home town.

The deal will place her home-style lemonade, “Me & The Bees,” on the shelves of more than 55 Whole Foods stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

images (1)“I work on the business after school, after I do my homework, and on weekends and during spring breaks,” Mikaila said in an interview with NBCBLK. “There are not too many times when I feel stressed.”

When she was four years old, the young entrepreneur had a bad encounter with honey bees.

She revealed in her interview with NBCBLK that two bees stung her in the same week. This encounter inspired her to use honey instead of sugar as the main ingredient in her lemonade.

“I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me. 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?

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