When Collette Divitto, aged 26, was trying to find a paying full-time job, employers did not give her a job. Though, her qualities were very likeable, but she, according to the prospective employers, “wasn’t the right fit.” Why, you may ask! Collette has Down syndrome and people just saw this aspect of her life, not the fact that she is very talented at what she does.
After facing disappointment there, she took matters in her own hands. Rosemary Alfredo, Collette’s mother says that she had actually never accepted her disability and that made her always find a way out of her difficulties. Collette had found the perfect cookie recipe after months of trials, which happened years ago. Her friends and family always told her that there was something special in her cookies and that she should sell those. The cookie recipe is a secret that Collette will never share, we only know that those “amazing” cookies are chocolate chip cookies which have been dipped in cinnamon.
Motivated by the sweet success of her cookie recipe among her loved ones, she started Collettey’s, her cookie business, for which she started a website, bought ingredients in bulk, got business cards and learnt how to invoice customers.
The young entrepreneur found her first client in the Golden Goose Market, which made space to sell her cookies. Online too, she was receiving orders, but after a profile that CBS did last month, things have picked up to great heights.
The story which was posted on the Facebook page of CBS, has garnered more than 8.4 million views since it was shared on 28th November. Collette’s website has now received orders of more than 25,000 cookies and Collette has been working round the clock. She happily jokes that she hasn’t slept since then. Her first client Golden Goose Market came to help her out and gave their kitchen space and industrial equipment to let her make hundreds of cookies. Some of the employees of the store, too lend their helping hands.
Collette has been amazed by the response her company and her cookies have been getting from all over the country. Manager of Golden Goose, Jesse Powers says that he has been getting calls from California and Florid,a of people who want to place orders for the cookies. Several businesses are showing interest to sell her cookies and even investors are coming up in high numbers. Collette’s website has also been getting supportive e-mails, from overseas too.
Collette has become a great inspiration to so many people and now this young girl dreams that she becomes successful enough to actually hire people with disabilities. She has gone through that stage and would do her best to help people out. Her long term goals are to sell her cookies around the country and to open baking locations in every state and hire thousands of people, who live with a disability.
American philosopher Amos Branson Alcott had once said, “Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.” This has become so true in Collette’s case, and we cannot be happier to see how amazingly her business is flourishing by the day.