Recently, Mayor Steve Lentz and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mundelein nominated Laura and Felix Castillo of Felix’s Famous Cookies for Congressman Bob Dold’s District 10 Leadership Awards, “Entrepreneurial Excellence” category.
With great Mundelein pride, we are pleased to announce that Felix’s Famous Cookies WON the 10th Congressional District Entrepreneurial Leadership Award hosted by Congressman Bob Dold.
“Thank you to the Village of Mundelein, Mayor Lentz and all the Village Trustees for nominating our business for this prestigious award. Thank you to all who voted and believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship,” Laura and Felix said on their Facebook page.
The District 10 Leadership Awards are about recognizing the everyday heroes that make our community an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. Laura, and her 11 year-old-son Felix, have taken what started as a family hobby and turned it into a growing and thriving Mundelein business.
HEY KIDS.....If you are between the ages of 5 to 15, I have a challenge for you this summer. The challenge is to host a bake sale or lemonade stand from now until Aug. 15th. To help kick start your "Business", I will ship you a FREE tin of cookies to sell at your store. In order to get the free cookies, you must pledge to give some of your proceeds to a local charity. The goal of this challenge is to get you excited about running a business and learning the importance of giving back. For more info, contact us at email@example.com or check out our "Challenge" page.
"When there's a will, there is a way!" stated our young CEO Felix Castillo when faced with the challenge of budget restrictions to buy bakery equipment for his expanding cookie company. Felix knew he had to take action into his own hands and came up with a plan. Felix decided to offer up for auction one of his most prized possessions - an Ernie Banks autographed bat. On it, Banks signed his name, 14 (his jersey number) and 512 HR. This bat is in PERFECT condition and has been certified by a PSA/DNA sticker with the matching certificate for authenticity. It comes in a clear plastic display case. Anyone interested in bidding on this priceless piece and supporting this young entrepreneur, click here.
Felix and Laura traveled to Miami to sit down with Angelica Vale from Que Noche. Little did they know that during the show Felix would be surprised with a trip to New York City and the chance to meet one of his all time favorite baseball players - Starlin Castro of the New York Yankees!
Felix and his parents were excited to have Congressmen Bob Dold tour the future home of Felix's Famous Cookies at 1059 E. High Street in Mundelein. They discussed the challenges and concerns faced by many business owners - funding, jobs and growth. The Congressmen was quite impressed with Felix and his strategic plan to grow his business and increase his donations to charities.
It was truly an honor to have Chicago's Best feature us on their Holiday Giveback Special. We give all the credit to everyone who has purchased from us. Without your support, we would not have a business or help so many in need. See the full episode here.
Felix may not be your typical 5th grader, but he sure has a knack for selling cookies! He sat down with Loudres Duarte from WGN to talk about school and running his own business. Click on the WGN logo to see their interview.