Simone, an 11-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida, took her love for baking and started her very own company. She started baking with her grandmother when she was just a toddler, and decided that she wanted to continue that passion and also use her talents to create an organization to empower other girls. Read below for our interview with her.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
Of course baking is my favorite hobbies, but I also enjoy many other things. I love to play basketball. My sister, Jasmine, is a really awesome basketball player and we play basketball together a lot. I really like singing and dancing too. I create my own songs and dances. Some of the songs are about food. I have one song called Snicker Brownies Save Lives and one called Very Berry Strawberry.
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?
My ultimate dream is to own my own chain of bakeries and restaurants. Also, I would love to cook for Beyonce’s children.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
My non-profit organization, Goddess Girlz, empowers girls of all ages to believe in themselves and to pursue their dreams. I bring in entrepreneurs, speakers, and anyone else who wants to help the girls. We have vision board parties at the end of each year to help the girls with their vision before the new year begins.
Right now, the project that I’m working on is my show, “Goals to Reality: A Kid Chef’s Journey.” I’m telling my story of my path to entrepreneurship in a fun-filled, theatrical way. I think that kids everywhere need to know that they can turn their hobbies into a business. The only thing they have to do is set a goal, work hard, and prioritize; REPEAT! Another fun project that I have is my recipe book. Right now, it’s untitled but it has some really great easy-to-make treats in it. I can’t wait until it’s finished.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?
That’s a long story, but I started by baking with my grandma Phyllis. She’s a baker and she would always let me lick the spoons when I was 3-years-old. Then, I started helping her bake.
When I was five, my parents bought me an Easy Bake oven for Christmas and then I baked treats for my cousins. I was already adding other ingredients and making the dishes my own. With more practice, my skills increased.
This past Christmas, I told my parents that I wanted my own store. Voila! Now I have my own store called Goddess Food Factory. I sell all kinds of desserts. We sell baking products too, like aprons, chef hats, t-shirts, mittens, and more.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
The biggest challenge so far is to get sponsorship for all of the things that I want to do for other children. Some of them don’t have the money like I do to help make their dreams come true. So I try to encourage and teach them to do the things that they can do for right now and to keep working hard. I always tell them to never give up on their dreams.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
The best thing that has happened to me is seeing so many of my friends have a love for cooking and creating their own businesses. I’m so proud of them. Plus, I get to meet so many other children and hear about their goals. Some other great things include, being featured on greenbookmag.com, interviewed by excitementradio.com, Lavish Moments Live, being a contestant on Chef’s Angels, and being able to travel on my tour inspiring other boys and girls. I will also be featured in an upcoming July magazine issue of Inspire Magazine.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
I still need help with gathering resources, speakers, and sponsors for other children, especially girls. I want them to achieve their dreams too. For me, I would like to have my own mascot one day. If you know anyone who makes professional mascot costumes, that would help me out so much. Plus, keep telling people about my business, so they’ll know who I am and what I do.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
My best advice to young girls would be to set a goal today and immediately start working on it. Do something every day to make your business grow. Every little bit of work and help counts. Plus, they need to remember that this is their business and they are responsible for making it a success. I also want them to know that it’s okay to ask for help. Friends, family, and companies will help them.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh
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