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Me & the Bees & Buttons are a Natural Fit

Me & the Bees Lemonade & Buttons Working Together

In the years following a then 9-year-old Mikaila Ulmer’s $60,000 investment win on NBC’s ‘Shark Tank’, she’s become one busy little bee with her company Me & the Bees Lemonade est. 2009.

At 13, the young entrepreneur and businesswoman has a hugely successful lemonade company, Me & The Bees, which she started at just four years old after being stung by not just one, but two buzzing bees. To add insult to injury, both stings happened in just one week.

Deciding to learn about bees instead of dismissing the tiny insects and their duel attacks on her skin; Mikaila unexpectedly developed a fascination for them after many hours of research. She discovered that honeybees are essential to the ecosystem and for the pollination of our crops. She also found out that they are under threat of extinction.

This strange coincidence happened while Mikaila was also trying to come up with an idea for the Acton Children’s Business Fair. While still smarting from her bee stings, Mikaila’s Great Granny Helen sent the family an old cookbook from the 1940’s that contained a recipe for Granny Helen’s special Flaxseed Lemonade.

And then an idea was born. Flavoring her granny’s lemonade with honey made by local bees, Mikaila opened her very own lemonade stand to sell her sweet concoction to neighbors, at city events and eventually, a small Austin pizza shop. She decided to donate a portion of her sales to help organizations like the Texas Beekeepers Association, which conduct research into the preservation of bees.

Little by little, Mikaila began to grow her lemonade business until it bloomed into a full-blown company complete with contracts from Whole Foods and United Natural Foods distribution, enabling her lemonade to be sold in nearly 20 states.

All the attention that Mikaila and Me & the Bees received on ‘Shark Tank” after CEO of FUBU clothing, Daymond John, decided to invest in the company for a %25 stake share later led to an invite to the White House for the annual kids’ “state dinner” in 2015 where Mikaila first met then President Barack Obama. She met Obama again in 2016 when she introduced him at that year’s annual Women’s Summit.

In the last year and a half, she has parlayed her rising fame and success into the creation of the Healthy Hive Foundation, became a member of Microsoft’s People of Action network, speaking onstage with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella at the WE Day Conference in Seattle in 2016, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to teach a class in Finance 101 and was named one of Time magazine’s “most influential teens” in 2017.

As for 2018, Mikaila will take on a brand new challenge: writing her first children’s book. It will, of course, instruct kids on how to start and run their own businesses.

On March 7th, Mikaila will be speaking at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. She will tell her story of bee stings, honey and hard work, called “When Life Gives You Lemons.”

Me & The Bees ordered 1.25″ pin-back custom buttons from CustomButtons.com By Everyone Loves Buttons® to help promote her business at this huge event in Southern California this coming weekend. If you’re in Southern California and will be attending, please stop by booth #N2331 to try out Mikaila’s unique lemonade (available in four delicious flavors) and to show your support with a button.  Always remember when you see Me & The Bees lemonade being sold around town, don’t forget Mikaila’s motto: Buy a bottle, save a bee.

Me & The Bees Lemonade
Me & The Bees Lemonade with Mint

STRATEGIC SHIPPING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

I wanted to mention a few things about shipping during the holiday season. Please avoid waiting until the last minute to place your order. The normal transit times for UPS and USPS are a bit off this time of year, especially with UPS ground and even 3 day select. It seems that both carriers may tack on an extra day to deliver a package. Due to the Black friday and Cyber Monday shopping “spree”, carriers are trying to do a bit of catch up on all the packages that are in transit.

I had a package stuck on a trailer amidst a number of other trailers in VA and it was simply impossible to deliver these buttons before one of the college football games held this weekend. Not to worry.  I simply did a little research on another carrier who could deliver the goods, redid the order and shipped it via FedEx next day air Saturday delivery. Lo and behold, it made it on time. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to switch carriers depending on a number of situational factors.

Apparantly UPS air and intl air packages are guaranteed throughout the holiday season. UPS refers to this concept as the peak season service guarantee. All that means is that they will refund your money on shipping if they don’t honor their intended commitment. With that being said, this means that ONLY next day air and 2nd day air packages are affected. That leaves 3 day select (expedited ground) and ground packages out of the running for being guaranteed this time of year. So no refunds for these latter two methods of shipping.

In conclusion, please be patient with these carriers do to the package surge before the holidays. Even the UPS sales force must work at the hub this time of year. Everyone Loves Buttons is intimately familiar with transit times and is working hard to make sure you get your orders on time. We are spending extra time tracking packages after they leave our facility for added assurance that your buttons arrive promptly.

 

Fast-Track Production Guarantees Your Production Time

Need your buttons in a rush? With our Fast-Track button service you can receive your buttons as quickly as tomorrow if needed. This service guarantees your custom buttons will be produced in 1, 2, 3 or 4 days. When ordering your buttons, you can choose one of the following options for Fast-Track production of your button order:

  • Fast-Track Same-Day Ship
  • Fast-Track 1-Day Production
  • Fast-Track 2-Day Production
  • Fast-Track 3-Day Production
  • Fast-Track 4-Day Production

Do you need same day production & shipping service? We are one of the only companies that offer same-day shipping up to quantities of 2,500 or more! Give us a call NOW to arrange this service.

If you are not in a rush or just need your custom buttons ASAP, our standard production time on most orders is 5 business days. Please keep in mind it is less expensive to choose our Fast-Track production service and slower UPS shipping to get your buttons by the date you need them. You may still need to take into account shipping time and the possibility of expedited shipping to meet your in-hands date even with Fast-Track production service.

Drop Shipping

Do you have multiple stores or locations that need buttons? We can save you the time and hassle by drop shipping to each of your locations for you. We will just need a breakdown of quantities and locations. Please call for pricing.

Blind Shipping

Are you reselling the buttons and don’t want your customer to know? We can ship the buttons to your customer, completely blind so they think you produced and shipped the buttons. There is no additional charge for this service.

Pickup

If you are a local customer in Phoenix, AZ or in town for an event, you are more than welcome to pick up your buttons and save on shipping. Just let us know you will be picking them up, and we’ll give you a call when they are ready.