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NFL players investing in 12-year-old girl’s lemonade business

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Mikaila Ulmer is a 12-year-old girl with a lemonade business, and it’s a whole lot bigger than a neighborhood lemonade stand.

Ulmer started selling lemonade sweetened with honey after her great-grandmother gave her a family recipe from the 1940s, and it proved so popular that she got deals to sell it at several stores. Now a number of NFL players have decided to invest.

Former and current NFL players Arian Foster, Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sharrick McManis, EJ Manuel and Malik Jackson have combined to put up $810,000 to back Ulmer’s business.

Foster told the Houston Chronicle the group of players was looking for an investment opportunity that could help a promising entrepreneur like Ulmer, and help a good cause, as Ulmer is invested in fighting colony collapse disorder, which has devastated bee populations.

“Of course, any time you invest in anything you look at if it’s going to be profitable,” Foster said. “We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons. It’s more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”

With NFL money and a family recipe, Me & The Bees Lemonade plans to get a whole lot bigger.

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59 Responses to “NFL players investing in 12-year-old girl’s lemonade business”
  1. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jul 7, 2017 6:09 AM

    How’s the Arian Foster stock doing?

  2. LOL IDC What You Think!!! says: Jul 7, 2017 6:13 AM

    I hope this child becomes the next Wally Amos!!!

  3. alleycat702 says: Jul 7, 2017 6:51 AM

    You go girl! I hope you are very successful in this endeavor.

  4. goddfatherd says: Jul 7, 2017 7:00 AM

    $800k invested in lemonade? I don’t understand how these players keep going broke after they retire.

  5. eddiea25 says: Jul 7, 2017 7:08 AM

    IT’S LEMONADE NOT ICE TEA, READ THE SIGN.

  6. alwaysomethingwrong says: Jul 7, 2017 7:13 AM

    Great for this girl to get this opportunity, but I love the fact in this day and age it’s perfectly fine for them to “invest in small black business ” because youknow, if they said any other color they would have to be public roasted and shamed for being racist.

  7. buckstalion12965 says: Jul 7, 2017 7:15 AM

    Well, if former NFL players are investing…you know it has to be a smart investment.

  8. zuzus petals says: Jul 7, 2017 7:36 AM

    I love everything about this story.

  9. vegaskid21 says: Jul 7, 2017 7:37 AM

    Lemonade sweetened with honey? BRILLIANT!

  10. jimschwartzes says: Jul 7, 2017 7:56 AM

    @goddfatherd Yea, pretty dumb. Especially considering that that company got an $11 million contract to sell their products at Whole Foods last year.

  11. kapmorg says: Jul 7, 2017 7:59 AM

    I remember when she was on Shark Tank. I believe she left without an investment then. Glad to see she’s still successful!

  12. jurere_internacional says: Jul 7, 2017 8:00 AM

    Some say that bee group collapse syndrome is the canary in the global warming coal mine. Kind of impressive that a 12 year old has the capacity to even want to understand this. Heck, when I was her age, I would have been pointing the finger at Winnie the Pooh.

  13. dryzzt23 says: Jul 7, 2017 8:04 AM

    Some liberal will cite some arcane regulation that prohibits this girl from running an unlicensed lemonade stand.
    I’m glad that she is learning about capitalism, in real life, not what the fake news networks and socialist newspapers tell people about capitalism.

  14. oldhuskerfan says: Jul 7, 2017 8:09 AM

    I always love the “some say” tagline. It’s as impressive as the 97% and consensus in globull warming.

  15. abninf says: Jul 7, 2017 8:39 AM

    The anti-capitalist democrats won’t like this.

  16. richc111 says: Jul 7, 2017 8:54 AM

    I wonder if usual sentiment will prevail here about the big money rich owners using their poor employees for ill gotten gains. But i am sure this young lady will soon find out what it means to have investors in her business.

  17. pkrlvr says: Jul 7, 2017 9:17 AM

    Some liberal will cite some arcane regulation that prohibits this girl from running an unlicensed lemonade stand.
    ——–
    Why do so many republicans still go on and on about liberals even after they won the election? You’ve got 4 years of Trump to look forward to…..so please stop yammering about liberals in every comment section. You just sound bitter and angry.

  18. pkrlvr says: Jul 7, 2017 9:17 AM

    The anti-capitalist democrats won’t like this.

    1 15
    ———-
    Much like the comments and your post. Grow up and move on.

  19. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 7, 2017 9:22 AM

    This girl has some connections.. You don’t get on shark tank without connections…

    ‘Based on a true story’ lol

  20. rc33 says: Jul 7, 2017 9:25 AM

    Progressives are scrambling to invent, er, uncover an explanation that this somehow hurts the lower and middle class.

  21. hawks1124 says: Jul 7, 2017 9:28 AM

    Good to see Malik investing with his rookie contract, and not just being fresh on Instagram.

  22. cardinealsfan20 says: Jul 7, 2017 9:31 AM

    “it’s perfectly fine for them “to invest in small black businesses” because youknow, if they said any other color they would have to be publicly roasted and shamed as being racist.”

    Many protected classes contain a significant portion of white people, particularly women and the disabled. There are many individuals and groups that focus on investing in businesses owned by classes that include white people. No one is roasting or shaming those investors.

  23. nyneal says: Jul 7, 2017 9:32 AM

    It’s a shame when feel good stories such as this one still get thumbs down by some nitwits in here.

  24. uncommon1 says: Jul 7, 2017 9:38 AM

    I think it’s great what these players are doing, but I have to wonder what would be said if a group of white players said they were trying to invest in “white businesses”. I guess I just wish everything didn’t have to be labeled by race

  25. jimmysee says: Jul 7, 2017 9:44 AM

    LOL IDC What You Think!!! says:
    Jul 7, 2017 6:13 AM

    I hope this child becomes the next Wally Amos!!!

    ————————————————————

    .. or Col. Sanders, or Frank Purdue.

  26. electricboogalo says: Jul 7, 2017 9:46 AM

    I can’t believe how jaded some of these comments are from people that can only see the world through the prism of the glass houses they’ve created for themselves.

    This is a great story. Good luck to her and her company.

  27. savethebs says: Jul 7, 2017 10:02 AM

    The conservatives here are TRIGGERED by this story.

    “Why do you get a black history month? What would happen if there was a white history month? Huh?!?”

    Haha you truly have no idea how dumb you look.

  28. painsyndicate says: Jul 7, 2017 10:12 AM

    “We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”
    ——–

    Everything you need to know about this story is in that sentence.

  29. tylawspick6 says: Jul 7, 2017 10:22 AM

    And the union wonders why they have no leverage at the CBA table every 8 years.

    My goodness.

  30. alwaysomethingwrong says: Jul 7, 2017 10:27 AM

    Many protected classes contain a significant portion of white people, particularly women and the disabled. There are many individuals and groups that focus on investing in businesses owned by classes that include white people. No one is roasting or shaming those investors.

    Investors will invest for one reason – you guessed it … to make money. At the end of the day they want one thing, a return on their investment. They do not come out and publicly say they are investing in only one class of people. Last time I checked we are all the same on the inside, these pro athletes will be the first to bitch about equality and turn right around and say dumb stuff like this.

  31. nole567 says: Jul 7, 2017 10:30 AM

    “We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”

    Why can’t is just be a “business?” If we continue to separate ourselves out, there will never be equality because we aren’t on the same page in the first place.

  32. drakost says: Jul 7, 2017 10:34 AM

    rc33 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 9:25 AM

    Progressives are scrambling to invent, er, uncover an explanation that this somehow hurts the lower and middle class.

    If the bees die out it doesn’t hurt people. It will kill us. Well a large amount anyway. This young lady has her head on straight. Personally I think this is a great investment for these players. Lets be honest, while 800,000 Isn’t that much split among these players.

  33. emmonsh says: Jul 7, 2017 10:52 AM

    its just like try and put a network on tv called white entertainment tv. The black reverands that are crooked as hell and racist will make it seem like the undoing of society.

  34. dickroy says: Jul 7, 2017 11:03 AM

    Nice idea!

  35. mmack66 says: Jul 7, 2017 11:11 AM

    savethebs says:
    Jul 7, 2017 10:02 AM

    The conservatives here are TRIGGERED by this story.

    “Why do you get a black history month? What would happen if there was a white history month? Huh?!?”

    Haha you truly have no idea how dumb you look.
    ———————-

    That last sentence right there is what they call irony.

  36. winningisabrees says: Jul 7, 2017 11:23 AM

    A Fool and his Money will soon be parted

  37. kneedragr says: Jul 7, 2017 11:39 AM

    “emmonsh says:
    its just like try and put a network on tv called white entertainment tv. The black reverands that are crooked as hell and racist will make it seem like the undoing of society.”

    Just going to play devils advocate and let you know that the opposing view is that 90% of TV is already white entertainment.

    Personally I see validity in both arguments, and dont see reconciliation anytime in my life.

  38. dcpatfan says: Jul 7, 2017 11:50 AM

    nole567 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 10:30 AM
    “We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”

    Why can’t is just be a “business?” If we continue to separate ourselves out, there will never be equality because we aren’t on the same page in the first place.
    _________________
    ..you “championed” “-seperating yourselves out”
    for 50 years in this country….are you ready for equality?
    Then you should start by seeking forgiveness.

  39. dmoney253 says: Jul 7, 2017 11:53 AM

    why couldn’t people resist the urge to bring politics into this story?

  40. dcpatfan says: Jul 7, 2017 12:10 PM

    emmonsh says:
    Jul 7, 2017 10:52 AM
    its just like try and put a network on tv called white entertainment tv. The black reverands that are crooked as hell and racist will make it seem like the undoing of society
    ______________________
    This is precisely the type of ignorance/deflection you get when driven by hate. I know of several programs, clubs and affiliations that are called “white” they are just labeled as Italian, Irish, German or other ethnicities. “Black” is what we have to encompass a broad range of West African ethnicities that became the melting pot and the tragedy of the slave trade.

    You should be mindful though IDK.

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 7, 2017 12:16 PM

    “Some say that bee group collapse syndrome is the canary in the global warming coal mine. ”

    There’s pretty good indication it is caused by the massive proliferation of wireless signals or that is at least a big factor in it.

  42. raidernation210 says: Jul 7, 2017 12:17 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jul 7, 2017 9:17 AM

    Some liberal will cite some arcane regulation that prohibits this girl from running an unlicensed lemonade stand.
    ——–
    Why do so many republicans still go on and on about liberals even after they won the election? You’ve got 4 years of Trump to look forward to…..so please stop yammering about liberals in every comment section. You just sound bitter and angry.
    ______________

    Probably because so many liberals haven’t let the lost go. They believe the fake news about the Russians or keep bringing up they won the popular vote, like that even matters. Just go follow him on twitter which I am sure you already do, nothing but salty arse liberals on there crying like babies, so please save it

  43. Cleanosaur says: Jul 7, 2017 12:24 PM

    Amazon is the next Enron

  44. laxcoach37 says: Jul 7, 2017 1:16 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 8:04 AM
    Some liberal will cite some arcane regulation that prohibits this girl from running an unlicensed lemonade stand.
    I’m glad that she is learning about capitalism, in real life, not what the fake news networks and socialist newspapers tell people about capitalism.
    __________________________________

    It is so sad that in a Football BB, always a politcal comment that is so stupid and binary in thought. Libs and Dems and Trumpsters, etc. You are so right though on one thing… Capitalism!

    Nestle and CocaCola can take the money out of their petty cash drawer and squash this company like a bug. That is the reality, but not my hope. It would be nice for the little man (or girl) to make a lasting company.

  45. hailrskins says: Jul 7, 2017 2:11 PM

    Man, everything has to politicized.

    It’s a great story, just wish the best for them and go on with your life.

    They’re just people (not black/white – who cares?) trying to do something good.

  46. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jul 7, 2017 2:42 PM

    ———————————————————–
    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 12:16 PM
    “Some say that bee group collapse syndrome is the canary in the global warming coal mine. ”

    There’s pretty good indication it is caused by the massive proliferation of wireless signals or that is at least a big factor in it.
    ———————————————————-

    You sure it’s not from wireless signals bouncing off of Peyton Manning’s forehead and interfering with bee GPS? That’s the real problem.

  47. mmack66 says: Jul 7, 2017 2:45 PM

    Cleanosaur says:
    Jul 7, 2017 12:24 PM

    Amazon is the next Enron
    ——————

    How do you figure?

  48. nhpats says: Jul 7, 2017 2:51 PM

    goddfatherd says:
    Jul 7, 2017 7:00 AM
    $800k invested in lemonade? I don’t understand how these players keep going broke after they retire.

    ——————–

    Why do you assume their investments will lose money? I think this is a great story. Kudos to these players!

  49. jimmysee says: Jul 7, 2017 3:03 PM

    raidernation210 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 12:17 PM

    ” …….. or keep bringing up they won the popular vote, like that even matters.”

    ———————————————————

    So winning the popular vote doesn’t matter? Apparently not for you. For the rest of us, it’s a sad commentary.

  50. jamaltimore says: Jul 7, 2017 4:23 PM

    A great story about achievement,family, hard work and NFL players helping to pull someone else up. Good luck and I’ll be sure to look for the product in the Stores.

    Unfortunately I don’t think these players Jersey sales will go through roof for doing the right thing and promoting self achievement/hard work and making money to help them and future small business owners.

  51. senatorblutarsky says: Jul 7, 2017 4:28 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 8:04 AM

    Some liberal will cite some arcane regulation that prohibits this girl from running an unlicensed lemonade stand.
    I’m glad that she is learning about capitalism, in real life, not what the fake news networks and socialist newspapers tell people about capitalism.
    _____________________

    Some liberal??? I would venture to say that possibly every single one of these investors is a progressive registered Democrat. You see, beside making money, Democrats also care about others … the economically disadvantaged, the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the homeless. Reactionary Republicans on the other hand selfishly only care about themselves.

  52. nhpats says: Jul 7, 2017 5:05 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Jul 7, 2017 3:03 PM
    raidernation210 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 12:17 PM

    ” …….. or keep bringing up they won the popular vote, like that even matters.”

    ———————————————————

    So winning the popular vote doesn’t matter? Apparently not for you. For the rest of us, it’s a sad commentary.

    ————

    Actually it matters about as much as rushing for more yards….but still scoring fewer points. You still lose.

  53. scmems07 says: Jul 7, 2017 5:46 PM

    You know it’s bad when I misread the title to this post thinking it said “NFL investigating 12-year old girls lemonade stand” and I actually believed it.

  54. celticsforever says: Jul 7, 2017 5:46 PM

    You had me at 12 year old girl….

    -john mara

  55. davew128 says: Jul 7, 2017 6:13 PM

    Maybe Michael Floyd should be drinking this instead of Kombucha…

  56. koolaid69 says: Jul 7, 2017 6:23 PM

    Nice of you to give her and her company a lil publcity. You guys are alright

  57. bengalsfan2079 says: Jul 7, 2017 7:01 PM

    Cool good for her

  58. mrclutch5569 says: Jul 7, 2017 7:03 PM

    alwaysomethingwrong says:
    Jul 7, 2017 7:13 AM
    Great for this girl to get this opportunity, but I love the fact in this day and age it’s perfectly fine for them to “invest in small black business ” because youknow, if they said any other color they would have to be public roasted and shamed for being racist

    Couldn’t have said it any better. I knew when I opened this article this was going to be a small black business if it’s getting any tabloids. I am happy that this girl is going to be a profit machine and not waste her time going to college and leave with insurmountable amount of debt though

  59. twinfan24 says: Jul 7, 2017 8:17 PM

    Nice story. Not sure how this had to turn so political to so many people posting here.

    But, are the bees truly still in trouble? You find some conflicting info when you search on the internet, and I am never sure exactly which “news” source may be correct (and not intending to turn that political, just pointing out that it is difficult to get news as opposed to opinions these days).

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