How a mother of six turned $5 into 5 million+ cupcakes sold
Nashville, TN – “All you have is all you need,” is the life lesson entrepreneur Mignon François learned as she turned the $5 she had to feed her six kids dinner for the week into a multi-million-dollar bakery brand. Despite having no experience and no recipe for success, Mignon is now founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection (TCC), over 5 million cupcakes sold since her start in 2008. Her heartwarming story of resilience, determination, and faith will inspire others who are seeking encouragement to keep pressing forward when she releases her highly-anticipated nonfiction “Made from Scratch: Finding Success Without a Recipe” (R.H. Boyd, May 9, 2023).
Mignon’s success has been featured on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, as well as in publications such as Southern Living, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider to name a few. She has received numerous awards, including Women of Legend and Merit, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women’s Empowerment Innovator, NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur, and Black Enterprise magazine’s Family Business of the Year.
In “Made from Scratch: Finding Success Without a Recipe,” Mignon shares her story of climbing out of a life of continuous struggle and scarcity to building a baking empire, and learning to savor life’s sweetness along the way–one cupcake at a time. She shows readers how to find purpose with no blueprint, mapping a journey that led to the joy that has become synonymous with Mignon François.
“I started with none of the things you need to succeed in an industry known for failure,” she said, “but I started with what I had—an early morning wake-up warning from God to choose life.”
“Made from Scratch: Finding Success Without a Recipe”
Mignon François | May 9, 2023 | R.H. Boyd | Memoir
Hardcover | 979-8883650597 | $24.99
About the Author
Mignon François is a speaker, entrepreneur, and community leader who has inspired thousands through her “Follow Your Spirit” approach. After years of drowning in debt and brokenness, Mignon founded The Cupcake Collection in 2008, on the last $5 she had to feed her family and turned it into a legacy with over 5 million cupcakes sold.
Her grassroots story of success has garnered national attention from TODAY with Hoda and Jenna, Southern Living, Entrepreneur and Business Insider just to name a few. In addition, her business savvy has earned her numerous titles and awards, including Woman of Legend and Merit, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women’s Empowerment Innovator, NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur, and Black Enterprise magazine’s Family Business of the Year.
Today Mignon is committed to teaching anyone who will listen about what they can do if only they believe.
2023 forges a new path for Mignon’s career as she adds author to her resume. In her highly anticipated memoir, “Made from Scratch: Finding Success Without a Recipe,” Mignon shares her story of finding success with no presets in place, mapping a journey that led to the joy that has become synonymous with Mignon François.
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In an interview, Mignon François can discuss:
- How she turned her $5 weekly dinner budget for her family of 6 into a thriving bakery empire despite having no previous entrepreneurial experience
- Why her “all you have is all you need” approach is the best strategy for aspiring entrepreneurs–or really anyone seeking fresh hope and inspiration to keep pressing forward
- How she carefully crafted her cupcakes to be unique and (most importantly!) delicious
- How her business helped reinvigorate a struggling Nashville neighborhood
- Trusting in God through life’s hardships and how her faith has helped make her a better businesswoman
- The life lessons that stemmed from her divorce
- Her experience as a descendant of enslaved people on a sugar cane plantation and her tremendous success with sugar as the main ingredient
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