Meet Tiffany Biddle.
CEO of Sweet Mae's Cookie Co.
"I think Cincinnati is a great place to start a business because it has a great business community and support system like no other."
Sweet Mae's is a premium stuffed cookie company with a southern accent.
Q: What is a lesson you've learned that has shaped your work?
A: One lesson I have learned that has shaped my work is patience. Patience is a virtue. I use to want to hit business milestones so quickly, not realizing sometimes once I got close, the business may have not been ready for the next step. Being patient and crossing bridges when it is time to get there is very important. It also will help reduce the amount of money you put out for something to get almost there and realize you are not ready and that money could have been used for something else.
Q: How did a grant from Main Street Ventures impact you and your business?
A: The Main Street Ventures Grant will impact me and my business in an amazing way. Receiving the grant funds will help our business reach the next level of expansion for our company.
Q: What does a typical day in your life look like?
A: LOL, a typical day in my life is BUSY but I wouldn't trade it. I am a wife and mother of two small girls (ages 5-year-old and 2-year-old). Among everything else, my health is important to me so I start my day with a Peloton ride at 5 AM. I then get dressed and get the kiddos dressed and I head out to take them to daycare and school. If I need to do work at Findlay Kitchen, I then head into the kitchen to run production. If it's a day where I am doing the business side of things, I head back home and work from the "office". After some hours of work, I run errands and head to pick the kids back up. Our oldest is in sports and we just signed up our youngest for sports, so we then head to an activity (swimming, softball, or soccer). We get dinner, eat, shower, go to bed, and get up and do it all over again the next day! Whew, that was a mouthful but that is a typical day in the life of a cookie maker :)
Q: What’s one piece of advice would you give a young entrepreneur in Greater Cincinnati?
A: One piece of advice I would give a young entrepreneur is to work hard, be a go-getter and be patient with yourself. Nobody can represent your business better than you and no one can work harder than you for your business. Be patient with yourself and the process as you will get told no more than yes. Everything comes with time, and do not let the no's keep you stagnant. One thing about me is, I will find a way even when I am told no. One last thing that I will share that a mentor told me is "No's just mean not right now".
Q: What's next for Sweet Mae's Cookie Co.?
A: What is next for Sweet Mae's is our push into retail. We want to secure more retail accounts and we will become a household name :)