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Risk & Reward E31 Mike & Mike’s Desserts

Hosted by: Holland Henderson Special guest: Team of Mike & Mike's Desserts

June, 2022

We are excited about our guests in this episode, the team of Mike & Mike’s Desserts. This Lakeland-based wholesale business sells vegan desserts that do not taste like a healthier choice. At the heart and soul of this company are a group of friends that work hard, inspire each other, and because of this, launched their products in the store they worked in as kids – Publix.

In this episode we cover:

  • What is the science behind taking away dairy from a dessert (4:00)
  • How the business got started (6:33)
  • The failure of a contract with 400 gas stations was a blessing (7:59)
  • Maria’s entry into the business (12:11)
  • A reason for its success is building long-lasting relationships, not just selling its products (14:09)
  • Why did you decide to go the distribution route rather than a brick and mortar store (17:52)
  • Supply chain issues are different due to the “odd” ingredients used in their products and how they control the price (22:14)
  • Schools cracking down on what outside foods are allowed in for celebrations is one driving force for the business (25:35)
  • Who are the people you thank for helping your business be successful (29:41)
  • What advice would you give to others starting a business in the retail space (31:22)
  • What are your favorite flavors (35:16)
  • Where can people buy your desserts (36:11)

Links From the Show:

Allen & Company 
Mike & Mike’s Desserts
Risk & Reward Episode 8 – Catapult
Launch in Publix

Connect with:

Holland Henderson – Financial Advisor at Allen & Company
Allen & Company – Holland Henderson
LinkedIn – Holland Henderson

Mike Mitchell – Co-Founder, Mike & Mike’s Desserts, LLC
Linkedin – Mike Mitchell

Nate Kendrick – Co-Founder, Mike & Mike’s Desserts, LLC
LinkedIn – Nathaniel “Nate” Kendrivk

Maria Parra – Digital Marketing Director, Mike & Mike’s Desserts, LLC
LinkedIn – Maria Parra



The opinions voiced in this program are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which strategies or investments may be suitable for you, consult an appropriate qualified professional prior to making a decision.

Mike Mitchell, Nate Kendrick and Maria Parra are not affiliated with LPL or Allen & Co.

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