Every year, Black Enterprise names one family-operated business as “Family Business of the Year.” This year’s prestigious award went to Nashville, Tennessee-based cupcake company, The Cupcake Collection, owned and founded by entrepreneur Mignon Francois.
The Cupcake Collection was started by Francois in her own kitchen in 2007. By 2008, she opened a boutique-style bakery in Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Germantown area. The bakery specializes in home-made cupcakes and wedding cakes. By 2015, Francois’ business reached over $930,000 in revenue, with sales expected to go over $1 million within the next couple of years.
Her cupcake collection includes yummy sweet potato, strawberry, sweet lemonade, pineapple upside down, key lime coconut, red velvet, carrot cake, and many other flavors that will make your mouth water.
Chemistry at work
Francois used the knowledge of chemistry she gained in college to come up with her baking formulas, such as the sweet potato cupcake which is one of the favorites at her bakery. But it was more than just baking knowledge that earned The Cupcake Collection the Family Business of the Year Award.
It was determination, innovation, experience, and expertise. Francois has 6 children, and all her children are involved in the business, including running the register, baking cupcakes, and creating the company’s business plan.
Every year since 1997, Black Enterprise recognizes and awards African American entrepreneurs for successful small business accomplishments. In addition to Family Business of the Year, awards are presented for Franchise Company of the Year, Techpreneur of the Year, and Teenpreneur of the Year.
To learn more about the Cupcake Collection and/or to place an online order, visit www.thecupcakecollection.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cupcakecollection/