Collette Divitto, a 26-year-old who was born with Down Syndrome, hasspent the past six years perfecting her baking skills and formingher own recipes. Her signature specialties areAmazing Cookie and the Healthy Breakfast Cookie.
After completing a LIFE program at Clemson University, Divitto began applying for jobs at local bakeries but, after three years, she hadnt received a single offer.
I went on many interviews and thought I did very well in the interview, she explains on her website. But days later I would get an email always saying the same thing we enjoyed meeting you Collette, but we dont think you are a good fit for our company right now.’
Instead of letting the rejections get her down, Divitto opened her ownbusiness and Colletteys Cookies is already a major success.
After CBS Boston ran a segment on Colletteys Cookies last November, she was inundated with orders from all over the country. Within 10 days, the orders added up to 50,000 cookies and Divitto had received 65,000 letters from people who wished to express their admiration and support.
I havent slept at all, Divitto told CBS. I am really amazed at the support for my company and my cookies.
Her very first client,the Golden Goose Market in Boston, lent Divitto its kitchen space and industrial equipment so she could fulfill all the orders. Some of their employees logged overtime to lend a hand.
Divittos goal is to grow her business, and she plans to hire employees with disabilities. Shes already hired two people with disabilities to work for her in Boston. Divitto iscurrently searching for her own warehouse so she can have her own kitchen and distribution facility shell certainly need it as the cookie orders continue to roll in.
But Divitto isnt stopping there she hopes to open locations across the country so she can continue to create jobs for people with disabilities. Based on the level of success shes achieved in a matter of months, something tells me that Colletteys Cookies will open multiple shops outside Boston sooner rather than later.
If youre endlessly inspired by this 26-year-old businesswoman/baker/rockstar (who wouldnt be?), visitDivittos GoFundMe page to help her achieve the goal of expanding her business and empowering otherpeople with disabilities.