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11-Year-Old Entrepreneur Lands Huge Contract With Whole Foods

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The elementary school student who made headlines when she won a $60,000 deal on the business investment show "Shark Tank" has now moved on to a much bigger deal with Whole Foods and another multimillion dollar distribution deal with United Natural Foods, according to NBC News.

Mikaila Ulmer, 11, who was recently honored at South by Southwest for her homemade lemonade business BeeSweet Lemonade, uses honey to sweeten the lemonade that will be on shelves across the country.

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"I didn't enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me," Mikaila told NBC News. "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?' That's how BeeSweet Lemonade was born. It comes from my Great-Granny Helen's flaxseed recipe and my new love for bees. So that's why we sweeten it with local honey. And today my little idea continues to grow," Mikaila said.

Not only is Mikaila poised to oversee an extremely profitable business, she has also shown that she cares about social good by donating a portion of her profits to organizations that save honey bees and helping other young people to start their own businesses.

To learn more about BeeSweet Lemonade, visit the company's website.

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