Located in the Cedar-Lee neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, The Sweet Fix Bakery offers customers a variety of delicious desserts and sweet treats through its retail, wholesale and catering services.
We caught up with owner Allison Craig to learn more about her and her business as she readies to present in the culminating showcase of our summer 2021 Small Business Impact Program cohort.
How did you get your idea or concept for your business?
The idea or concept for the business was a family decision. My husband, oldest son and I originally started a home-based business called Craig’s Divine Desserts. When the opportunity presented itself, because of encouragement from some of his family members who were already in the restaurant business, we decided to open a storefront under a new name.
What is something that you learned during your time in the Impact Program that made a difference in your business right away?
Learning about and reviewing finances with Phelan, made a difference in my business right away.
What was your favorite or most enjoyable part of your time in the program?
My favorite part of the program was being in a small group. It has been great for everyone to have a chance to participate and ask questions. In addition, the fact that the classes are all virtual is a definite plus.
Where do you see your business 5 years from now? 10 years from now?
In 5 years, we expect the Sweet Fix will have added a bakery truck to use for events all over the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. We will also open another location, which will create job growth.
In 10 years, we see Sweet Fix having a warehouse to employ team members in the distribution process. Many of our items will be featured in stores and restaurants all over the country.
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
I would tell an aspiring entrepreneur to never give up on your dream. Network, network, network and take advantage of any educational opportunities that come your way. I think it is important to have faith. Faith in God, faith in yourself and faith in your immediate team.