UMKC Bloch Student Donates Business Proceeds

Black Lives Matter movement inspired Harper Zimlich to use her business to spread awareness
Harpers' Homemade

Sophomore Harper Zimlich found a way to use her side hustle as a fundraiser for an organization that is making a difference in her community.

Harper Zimlich

Zimlich, a business administration major and and Bloch Launchpad student, has been selling baked good since she was in middle school. Her business, Harper’s Homemade, really took off when she began high school.

Typically, she runs her business on an order and pick-up basis out of her home, but this summer she began selling at the Topeka Farmer’s Market. Topeka is her hometown.

“This was a great way to gain exposure for my business within my community,” Zimlich said.

At the June 6 Topeka Farmer’s Market, Zimlich sold sugar cookies and cupcakes as a fundraiser for the YWCA of Northeast Kansas. She donated $363, which was the total sales from that day. Zimlich chose the YWCA because its mission as an organization aligns with her values. 

c5980fdb-8c98-46da-bd61-5893011afc6a.jpg“The organization as a whole works to eliminate racism while empowering young women directly in the Topeka community, which I feel a personal connection to being a female small business owner," she says.

"I have been very moved by the Black Lives Matter movement, and I felt the best way I could do my part would be to use my platform to spread awareness. My hopes with this act would be to bring attention to the movement and give others an opportunity to do their part by donating and continue to educate themselves on the matter. I believe small acts within your own community can inspire some of the biggest change!” 

Zimlich said running Harper’s Homemade has taught her many valuable skills and has given her a look into what running a business is like.img_3323.jpg

“I figure, by the time I graduate, I can take what I have learned and put it towards my existing business, or pursue a different career that will further develop my skills while still operating Harper’s Homemade as a side hustle.”

You can find Harper’s Homemade on Instagram, @harperzhomemade. Orders can be placed through her Instagram account.  



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