The W in TheWMarketplace stands for Women, but today we celebrate Girl Power! Tamia Coleman-Hawkins may just have finished 9th grade, but she is not a freshman in the business world. Tamia has owned and operated Mia’s Treats Delight for more than six years now. She began her bakery business at the age of eight, and she has been baking yummy cookies, brownies and cookie cakes ever since. Her commitment to growing as an entrepreneur and her dedication to giving back to her community have garnered her numerous awards, and folks, she’s only getting started.
Why did you decide to join TheWMarketplace?
I heard about TheWMarketplace from my friend Ava and her mom Mrs. Ina. They are the owners of Ava's Pet Palace and a part of TheWMarketplace community.
I joined TheWMarketplace because I love the idea of girls supporting girls. I'm all about girl power and I've never seen another platform that consisted of all women of different backgrounds and ages. We have the power to change the world, but we can't do it without each other!
What motivated or inspired you to open your business?
I started my business after taking an economics class in the 3rd grade and being encouraged by my mom to become my own boss when I became an adult. When my economics class was over, I decided I didn't want to wait until I became an adult to start my own business. When I told my mom I wanted to start a bakery, she purchased everything I needed to make cupcakes and the rest is history.
What is something you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew my worth when I first started my business. My baked goods were way underpriced, but I was scared to charge more. I felt people would think they cost too much. To my surprise, I gained more customers when I increased my prices. This is when I learned that people will pay more for good products and great customer service.
Do you have any advice for other women or girls who are getting started in business?
My advice for other women would be to believe in yourself. Success starts with your confidence and belief that you can do anything you put your mind to. No matter what others say (even that little negative voice that creeps in sometimes)...KEEP PUSHING FORWARD! You got this!
If a journalist were to write a headline about you/your business, what would it be?
Teen Baker Inspires the Youth to Dream BIGGER!