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    Posted May 1, 2014 by
    lisamwarren
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    Pint-size entrepreneurs

    Sweet Bee Sisters

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     lisamwarren encouraged her three daughters -- Lily, 13, Chloe, 12, Sophie, 9 -- to start their own business because she believes the country runs on small business. "It's great that kids can learn to be entrepreneurs," she said. They learn to be "okay with failing, creative, problem solvers," and they also learn "how to talk to adults" and how to "put out a product that people need or are excited about."

    The three girls became the Sweet Bee Sisters back in 2009. The family started beekeeping but realized they had more beeswax from harvesting the honey than honey itself. The girls decided they would start a business selling products that could be made from beeswax, like lip balm and lotion bars.

    Lily Warren, the oldest of the Sweet Bee Sisters, says she likes the control having her own business allows her. "I'm 13, so I've never worked for anyone, but if you have your own business it gives you the chance to make your own decisions," she said. "It lets you understand how you can be part of the adult world."
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    Sweet Bee Sisters was founded by my sisters and me, Lily, in 2009 when we were ages five, seven, and nine.
    We began our entrepreneurial journey shortly after our parents started beekeeping. We were excited with our first honey harvest, which also granted us a lot of beeswax. Was there something we could do with the beeswax so it wasn’t wasted? With the popularity of beeswax lip balm, we quickly started researching recipes. We wanted natural ingredients and a great consistency. After a few recipe
    experiments, we settled upon the
    perfect mixture. We stocked up on ingredients, ordered a bunch of empty tubes online, and our business was off and running. Bit by bit, our marketing and design of Sweet Bee Sisters began to take shape.

    Over the years, we’ve made little changes here and there to our business. In December of 2012, we added lotion bars to our product line. Currently, we are working on adding new flavors of lip balm, as well as new lotion scents. Our new flavors include pomegranate and grapefruit. We are also working on adding naturally pigmented lip balms. We are very excited and busy with these new changes and we eagerly await our costumers’ responses.

    Being in business as Sweet Bee Sisters is awesome. We are learning a ton about business, sisterly teamwork, great products, and appreciative costumers. We can’t wait to see where Sweet Bee Sisters will take us!

    Lily, Chloe and Sophie
    Sweet Bee Sisters
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