Nicole Carter was 16 when she started her first business. Although plenty of time has passed, her entrepreneurial spirit has not. She’s now the proud owner of a cupcake business called Sweet Treats & Neats, reports Gloucester Township Patch.
A year ago, Carter made a teddy bear cake for a baby shower. Her reputation as a baker grew and Sweet Treats and Neats was born.
Carter attributes her growth to word of mouthâ€”friends, neighbors and customers spreading the word about her cupcake creations.
â€œI think cupcakes are universal. You wonâ€™t ever meet someone who does not love a cupcake,â€ Carter said.
Carter has more than 30 different flavors of cupcakes, including the popular red velvet and the exotic pina colada.
Carter is a self-taught baker. She grew up baking with her mother, making and decorating Christmas cookies. Carter also remembers enjoying her grandmotherâ€™s special cream puffs. She continues to experiment with new flavors, using her children, husband and friends as taste-testers.
By day, Carter works in the mortgage industry and is also finishing up a degree in elementary education from Rowan University.
Photo from Sweet Treats & Neats
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