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Browniepreneur

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My passion for all thing’s brownies began, with the hope of saving my home. After my divorce, I found myself in a precarious situation. Not only was I at risk of losing my home, but also my job was terminated, landing me on unemployment. 


During that time unemployment had a program called, Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP). This program was strict but offered assistance in starting a business while collecting unemployment benefits. The program was designed to run for a year to help individuals achieve their business goals.

October 2015,  I was accepted into the SEAP program, and it turned out to be a pivotal moment. With hard work and dedication, I was able to achieve the following within three months: I developed and tested new recipes, created a unique logo, labels, conducted thorough market research, wrote a comprehensive business and marketing plan, and created social media pages to spread the word. All of this was accomplished with no formal business training.

 I launched my business on January 12, 2016. However, I was hit with an unexpected surprise when the SEAP program abruptly stopped due to lack of funding. Suddenly, I was left without the financial support I desperately needed to run my business. Despite feeling discouraged, I remembered the words my father told me before he passed away: "Don't look back, keep going forward." Instead of giving up, I decided persevere. I started to collect and return water bottles to raise funds for baking ingredients. Thanks to the support of my friends and community, who generously donated bags of bottles, I was able to redeem them for cash and buy the baking supplies that I needed. Soon I started selling my delicious brownies at local farmers' markets.

 

Just a month after launching my business, my life was turned upside down. In February 2016, I received a life-changing diagnosis: Breast Cancer. As a newly single mom who was simultaneously running a small business and caring for two young children, I knew I was facing the most significant challenge of my life. Despite these challenges, I persevered, and that's how

Miss Mollie's Brownies came to be!

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