Feature Friday! Hana’s Cake Bar

Hana Bekele ’21, founder of Hana’s Cake Bar, displaying her logo proudly.

DC: What’s your name, major, and anticipated graduation year?
My name is Hana Bekele and I am a Community Health Major graduating this Spring 2021.

DC: In two to three sentences, how would you describe your startup?
Hana’s Cake Bar is a bespoke bakery where I tailor every baked good for what the customer desires. I aim to provide high quality and unique flavors for every treat.

DC: At what point did you know you wanted to create your own startup?
My startup was actually created by accident. I created a cake design for a friend just to see how well I could do it and once I posted it a lot of people started inquiring about cakes so I thought I should start it up. 

DC: What or who is your biggest influence for your startup?
My friends are my biggest influences for my startup. Since the beginning they’ve encouraged me and have always helped me through everything for my business. 

DC: In the new virtual world, how has your focus or ideas changed?
The virtual world definitely helps my ideas. Following new cake trends and ideas that are all over social media helps me keep up.

DC: What updates or significant accomplishments can you share with us about your company from the last six months?
Well my company only started 6 months ago, but in 6 months I have been able to surpass my revenue goal which is a huge accomplishment for me.

DC: If you could give advice to any aspiring entrepreneurs, what would it be?
If I could give advice to any inspiring entrepreneurs I would say to do it! You lose nothing from trying something out so I would definitely encourage them to follow what they want to do. 

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