This is part of a series of profiles showcasing the talented entrepreneurs of NCRC’s DC Women’s Business Center. Nicole’s Kitchen is a women-owned business started by Nicole Flint that sells fresh baked treats to the DMV area.
What kind of product or service do you sell?
Nicole’s Kitchen specializes in crave-able classic cookies and desserts.
Are you a registered business owner and how long have you been in business?
Yes, I’m registered in DC and I’ve been in business for two years.
What inspired you to start your business?
I am a scientist turned baker. My very midwestern childhood was filled with moments of baking bliss. At some point along the way, I lost track of these moments of happiness. As the pandemic began, I started reaching out to friends by doing door-to-door deliveries of whatever sweet treat I thought they might enjoy. The last few years have been a slow awakening to the realization that baking is how I want to connect with people and make the world a better place one cookie at a time.
How has DCWBC helped you through your journey?
Being completely new to the field of business, DCWBC has been a wealth of information as I navigate all parts of entrepreneurship.
What advice would you give other women who want to start their own business?
Choose yourself. You are absolutely worth it. Yes, it is scary to start something unknown and it may not be easy. But you will find support, a community and encouragement along the way, but the first step is betting on yourself.
What I have learned — especially with Nicole’s Kitchen — is that food is a force for change. A portion of my proceeds is donated to local charitable organizations and I’m looking forward to finding a larger way to contribute back into the community.