Launching a business can be an awesome task. Tackling that challenge when you’re a teenager can be an even bigger challenge. That isn’t stopping sisters Madison and Melea Jackson. They are taking the community by storm with their cookie business “Sprinkle Some Kindness.”
Madison, 16, and Melea, 14, started the venture after encouragement from others.
“Melea has always been a baker, but it’s been a hobby,” Madison said. “We made some pumpkin cookies for church, and someone said we should sell them.”
The sisters came up with a business plan, and their parents encouraged them to give it a try.
“When it really blew up was at a fundraiser for the Northridge softball and baseball teams,” Madison said.
Teachers and staff at the school supported their efforts, and now they are selling the sweet treats at the Middlebury and Elkhart Farmer’s Markets. The name for the business came from a simply philosophy.
“I always thought the world needs more kindness. I suggested the name and we ran with it,” Melea said.
She credits her experiences at the Middlebury Club with giving her some of the skills she’s using in the business.
“I was in Keystone Club. I would say it was helpful in teaching me leadership and looking for ways to help in our community,” Melea said.
Madison said people at the Club have been some of their biggest cheerleaders.
“Both by being supportive and excited for us and literally supporting us at events like the BBQ & Brew Fest,” she said.
The pair prepared custom cookies for some VIPs at the event. The Jacksons prepare the cookies in their home, filling the orders as the come in.
“It can be chaotic at times, but we’ve been able to roll with it,” Madison said.
They are saving their profits for an Education First trip to Italy and Greece. The program will be a learning experience, teaching them about culture and history. They’ll write papers on their experience to earn college credits. Melea said she’s hoping to pursue her talent for a career.
“I want to get a culinary degree, so I hope to take the business with me,” she said.
Madison is hoping to pursue business or nursing.
“If I go the business route, I’d love to stick with Melea and open a storefront shop. Regardless, we’d like to keep this going through graduation,” she said.