Since starting the company in 2015, Ava has sold more than 20,000 treats to customers in all 50 states. She still makes many of her products by hand in her family’s kitchen. She also runs the company’s social media channels and does interviews with local and national news outlets.
In 2020, Ava became the youngest-ever winner of the L.E.G.A.C.Y. Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. “I was nervous, but the night turned out to be so fun!” she says.
Ava gets a lot of help from her mom, Ina, who is the company’s only full-time employee. Still, it’s a challenge to balance her schoolwork with her responsibilities for the company. “Time management is something I’m still working on,” she admits.