‘Determined, With A Love Of People,’ Teen’s Lemonade Business Spreads Inspiration

Paul Nutcher
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Meet the 13-year-old entrepreneur who is celebrating her 5th, yes 5th year in business.


What started as a fund-raiser to propel a 9-year-old into acting, ended up becoming a lemonade business for its founder “Queen” Michaelah Williams.

“I started out of my front yard with eight-ounce Styrofoam cups,” said “Queen” Michaelah, the mini mogul behind Queen’s Lemonade Palace, LLC, which has grown in ways only the energetic, personable girl could manage.

Her business has become an entity, fast approaching its 5th anniversary, with enough inertia to have a much larger impact on her life and the communities she serves. Inspiration and service could be the monarchal maven’s secret ingredient.

As word spread of her business in Central Florida, she sat on a panel of experts at the Tampa Pioneer Magazine Luncheon in February and inspired other kids to start a business — spawning hair and nails enterprises by other the kids who heard her story of never giving up, according to her godfather Scott Simpkins.

Simpkins founded the I’m Proud of Me mentoring program, which offers tutoring and other services to kids in need of support to stay out of trouble and help with their homework.

“Determined, with a love of people,” Simpkins said of Michaelah whom he has known for four years. About her businesses, he added, “She likes to see what a glass of lemonade can do to make someone happy.”

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