Melissa Wedman: CEO of Mollycoddled Hash Slinger
Melissa Wedman is the Head Sugar Slinger (CEO) of Mollycoddled Hash Slinger; an artisan candy company focusing on supporting micro-small businesses through supply chains. Although Melissa did not grow up dreaming of being a professional candy maker, she was born with an entrepreneurial spirit which was encouraged by her dad at a young age. After pursuing a horticulture degree from Oklahoma State University, she found herself in a role as an upper level sales trainer and coach within the culinary smallware industry for nearly 13 years. In 2011, she lost her father which was the inspiration for the accidental start of Mollycoddled HashSlinger.
What her business stands for: Make old school candy with new world profiles.
Melissa says she is split down the middle between dreamer and doer!
When Melissa was younger she loved Beanie Babies. Her dad would spend time in pawn shops to help their family get some extra cash, and one day Melissa found a Beanie Baby at a pawn shop. She was able to clean the toy and resell it for more than she bought it for! She and her dad were both proud of her accomplishments.
When Melissa’s dad passed away rather suddenly, Melissa wanted to create something in his memory. She remembered he loved caramels! She began researching how to create caramels and experimenting with flavors to create.
Middle School Advice
Don’t be afraid to fail. Failures always lead to success. Find what you’re passionate about and give it a go! Go and get experiences to help you figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.
Do what truly makes your heart happy. Don’t listen to the negative talk around your dream. Sometimes those close to you will discourage you to protect you. Be able to continue pushing yourself, failure is important! Find a support system to encourage you.
You can find Melissa at @mollycoddledhashslinger.
- Support the small businesses in your community.
- Don’t be afraid to fail.
- Find what you’re passionate about and pursue it.