Sweet Mission Cookies
Sweet Mission Cookies
February 2015 Update -- Jason has moved to California and renamed his business Sweet Mission Cookie Co. He has been experimenting with different desserts, and you can find his cookies and treats at many local businesses! Want to know more about his story? Click here!
uly 2012 -- Jason Mercado was homeless. Others might have lost hope after losing a job in the current economic climate, but when Mercado was laid off from his position as a Starbucks shift manager, he saw an opportunity to launch a business of his own. A Food Network addict and former culinary arts student, Mercado naturally gravitated towards a product that his culinary sensibilities could appreciate: delicious, home-baked cookies.
He began small, selling orders of cookies to individuals and office clients, but the orders didn’t stay small for long. Even before officially launching his business on June 1st, Mercado was receiving orders for as many as 24 dozen cookies, all of which were delivered perfectly-baked and right on time. The business did not have a commercial space, however, until Mercado began to volunteer as a cook for the Occupy Wall Street movement, and discovered that the Friends Meeting Center kitchen in Center City Philadelphia was often left unused. He quickly entered negotiations for the space, and was recently granted a three-month lease that has enabled him to conduct business on a larger scale.
From the Friends Meeting Center at 15th and Cherry Streets Mercado has been baking up a menu full of classic and popular cookie flavors, such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and sugar. His company now caters large events, and he soon plans to offer cake pops and cake balls as well. Over time Mercado aims to expand his business beyond cookie production, creating a program through which he hopes to encourage youth to strive for entrepreneurship. He hopes to personally mentor these young people, inspiring them to follow in his footsteps.
Recognizing his dedication and willingness to work hard, a wide range of supporters have bolstered Mercado’s entrepreneurial journey. He has received a boost from various organizations committed to encouraging small business growth – including Entrepreneur Works, where he enrolled in our business skills training course in the fall of 2011 - and continues to receive ongoing business guidance from Entrepreneur Works staff. As his business continues to flourish, Mercado also hopes to soon hire paid employees and/or interns.