Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Inspirational Story Of The Month –
(Names And Details Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy)

Who Else Wants A Popsy Cake?

How A 16-Year Old Student Started A Business
And Took Her Simple Idea All The Way To The Top

You’ve probably never heard of a “Popsy Cake” and you’ve probably never heard of Jessica Cervantes.
Mark these words – because you will be hearing a lot about both very, very soon.
Here is why: When Jessica was only 16 years old, she decided to create a business with the help of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
Jessica always liked baking and had learned quite a bit from her grandmother. So, when she became part of the International Business and Finance Academy at John A. Ferguson Senior High School, she decided to put her baking skills… and imagination to good use.
In New York City, Jessica competed against 25,000 business students across the country and won first place on October 23, 2008. First prize was $10,000. Not bad for a high school kid!
But, that’s just the beginning…
What She Created Is Causing A Tremendous Buzz In The Business World!
What is it that Jessica created? It’s call a Popsy Cake and it is a cupcake on an edible stick. “Big deal,” you say? Well, maybe you should check this out…
Jessica got the idea when she noticed how messy it was to eat a cupcake. So, Jessica thought putting the cupcake on a stick would makes things easier – and less messy.
And better yet – what would be better than putting a cupcake on a cookie stick? As the story turns out – not much!
The process involved a lot of trial and error. Jessica added that her earliest experiments were inedible. “The first Popsy Cake I tried, I couldn't swallow it. It was so bad. It took several months to create a cupcake that would work. I’m still working on it,” she says. “It's not like the product is completely finished.”
Jessica reports her biggest challenge continues to be time management. “It's crazy. In high school, I thought that it was overwhelming.” Now that she's a full-time student at Miami-Dade Honors College, it's even worse.
She spends Thursdays baking the weekend’s orders. Bill Hansen Catering is letting her use the company's commercial kitchen. She says her largest order to date is 400 Popsy Cakes for an event. More typically, she fulfills orders for several dozen cupcakes.
Still, the profit she's made to date has paid for a lot of schoolbooks. “I can't dedicate myself fully to it. I don't have a location yet. I haven’t quite established myself. It’s a work in progress.”
Business May Be Getting A Whole Lot Better Fast…
It’s reported that Jessica and her Popsy Cake business have caught the eye of media mogul Richard Branson and Popsy Cakes may be added as a treat at some of his businesses.
This will probably break the 400 Popsy Cake order record and automatically put her business into super high gear!!!
Popsy Cakes sell for $5.00 each and you can design your own at the website www.popsycakes.com. Even though Jessica has not made much money… YET!... she still donates 5% of what she brings in to breast cancer research.
Jessica is currently majoring in Biomedical Engineering, yet hopes to one day become a corporate lawyer.
It’s amazing how the will and determination to succeed can bring a little 16-year old girl, with a cupcake on a stick, all the way to owning a thriving business and a potential blockbuster deal with Richard Branson.
It truly proves you can be successful at whatever you put your mind to and hard work behind because, let’s be honest, it’s not the cupcake on the stick, it’s Jessica. She would be successful at anything she decides to do.

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