Hi, I’m Madi Smyser. I’m a 16 year old junior at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. In the fall of 2016, I created a recipe for granola bars to pack in my lunch. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one who loved them. Early in 2017, I decided to start selling them in my neighborhood. My success led to a new idea when I realized that people like cookies even more than granola bars. So, on random Friday or Saturday nights, I would bake and deliver warm chocolate chip cookies within my community. Word spread (thanks, Facebook!) and soon people were seeking me out.
In August 2017, I attended Tom Ferry’s real estate conference with my dad. Since Tom owns a very successful real estate coaching company, I thought he could help me with a general business question about my baking endeavors. After giving me some great insight, he offered me a bet: If I can sell $100,000 of cookies and other baked goods by the next Success Summit in August 2018, I will win $5,000!
Now, the task of exploding my single-oven, home-based business into something much bigger lies ahead. The outpouring of support from the 5,000 real estate agents at the conference was amazing! Because I wasn’t capable of shipping cookies across the country right away, many agents decided to buy cookies that will be donated to Community First, a charity helping the chronic homeless in Austin.
In the last few months, I have obtained all the required licenses and permits to jump into the big leagues. I am cooking out of a commercial kitchen and now shipping munchies all across the country. You can find my cookies at the three Austin area Planet Sub shops. The variety of cookies is expanding and pumpkin bread is now available. Gift packages for real estate agents are ready to order! Madi’s Munchies is available at Vandegrift High School football games and I look to expand to other concession stands as well. I just successfully completed selling warm cookies in a festival setting which hopefully will open the doors to more opportunities at Austin area festivals. Of course, I’m not revealing all my plans just yet so expect more cool stuff in the coming months.
If you need just one dozen cookies, treats for a corporate event, want to send a gift to someone, or donate cookies to a local charity, Madi’s Munchies is here to help!