Find Out Why A 12-Year-Old’s Lemonade Business Has NFL Players Investing $810K In It
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A 12-year-old girl by the name of Mikaila Ulmer has just received some major backing from several former and current NFL players, and it all has to do with her lemonade business.
The Texas pre-teen used her grandmother’s lemonade recipe, which uses honey, and turned it into a popular drink sold at Whole Foods and other grocery stores. The lemonade, called “Me & The Bees,” also helps raise money to save honeybee colonies — a mission that impressed investors when Mikaila was on ABC’s Shark Tank.
From there, she went on to meet President Barack Obama.
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..and from there, she received $810,000 in capital from former and current NFL players like Arian Foster, Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sherrick McManis, EJ Manuel and Malik Jackson.
“Foster told the Houston Chronicle the group of players was looking for an investment opportunity that could help a promising entrepreneur like Ulmer, and help a good cause. A portion of Mikaila’s lemonade profits go to organizations that work to fight colony collapse disorder which has devastated bee populations. Mikaila is helping to save the honey bees.
“Of course, any time you invest in anything you look at if it’s going to be profitable,” Foster said. “We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons. It’s more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”
Quinn said, “She’s super smart. She’s very special. Obviously she has a bright future. Hopefully, I can be a part of it and nourish it and watch her grow. The sky is the limit. I’m very impressed with her.”
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 6, 2017