Dion was inspired and encouraged by Mickey the Cotton Candy Man to start her own business. Mickey is a family friend and neighbor and gave Dion everything she needed to get started: marketing plans, pricing, supplies, etc. He was welcoming, open, and honest, and his kindness has been invaluable to the start of Dion’s business: Cotton Candy Gal. Following in Mickey’s footsteps, Dion gets to “bring more sweetness to the world” and loves adding fun and kindness to any event. She truly believes that cotton candy is a nostalgic treat that creates and triggers sweet memories.
What is your business? I provide hassle free, on-site cotton candy service for special events and fundraisers.
Who are your clients? Churches, schools, convention centers, non-profit organizations, civic groups and individuals–any fun events!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? My parents. They modeled a willingness to take a risk and put forth effort to see results.
Business wins? In one month this year, I was able to supply cotton candy for a pre-school harvest festival, serve over 525 cotton candies at a Halloween event, and sell cotton candy at the Civic Center.
Short term goals? Schedule Spring events, promote my business at wedding conventions, and become certified as a minority owned business.
Why Lakeland? Polk County is my home!
What would you like to see in Lakeland? I would love to see more people mentoring and coaching!
Favorite things to do in Lakeland? Getting a sandwich at Mr. Fish and enjoying it on a bench at Lake Morton! I also love walking Lake Hollingsworth at sunset.
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult is my anchor. I have a stable working location that provides me a business address and office space to focus on my business objectives.
Secret Sauce? Kindness. Have an open heart, look people in the eyes, smile, and say, “Hello.”