When Hannah Pawelski and Lauren Majerik get together, it is no ordinary play date. At 10 years old, the girls have created their very own cookie business. Sweet Treats by H & L offers cookies ranging from the ever popular chocolate chip to specials like oversized oatmeal raisen and peanut butter blossoms.
“We both used to cook with our moms and we would sometimes cook together so when we did our business we thought it would just be perfect because we both knew how to cook,” said Lauren.
These young entrepreneurs follow a strict schedule. They take orders throughout the week and Sundays are baking days. Though young in years, the girls understand that a successful business is more than simply creating a sweet product.
“We sent out flyers including prices, cookies, and then we sent out an email and then we started a Facebook and we had different cookies and prices on there,” said Hannah.
The mothers, Denise Majerik and Meg Pawelski may help the girls with buying the ingredients, but they both take a back seat when it comes to actually running the business.
“In the beginning everyone’s like ‘Oh we have to buy some cookies’ and then they realized how good they were and how cute they were packaged that a lot of people started ordering cookies weekly, on a regular basis,” said Denise.
“They first decided it would be fun to do some sort of business, came up with the baking idea and then they completely came up with the idea of donating some of the profits to charity and it really was all their own,” said Meg. “We did not suggest that at all to the girls.”
To date, more than half of their profit, $650, is being used to purchase toys for Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. While the shopping may be fun, the delivery is the most rewarding experience.
“We chose that charity because actually a classmate of ours was treated there when he was younger,” said Hannah.
“The staff was really overwhelmed that just two little girls were able to pull this whole thing off, and not only make the money that they did but use part of it to buy the toys,” said Meg. “So it was really a great feeling and we were really proud.”
The girls started their business a year ago and their profit is now more than $1000.
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