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NAWBO Member Q&A: Brittney Haskins

Brittney Haskins is the owner of One Sweet Kitchen, which creates unforgettable sugar cookies and French Silk Pies. In addition to her small business, Haskins just joined the NAWBO Iowa board of directors as secretary. Haskins had a career in the nonprofit and public relations space before jumping into entrepreneurship.

Can you take me through your personal background?

I grew up in Adel, Iowa, and went to the University of Iowa where I graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication. I spent a few years in the nonprofit events and public relations space before turning my side hobby of baking into a full-time job.

What is your profession/business?

I own One Sweet Kitchen, a licensed bakery that helps people create memorable moments for clients and loved ones with unforgettable decorated sugar cookies and French silk pies.

What is the favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part of running my own business is the flexibility I have in creating my own schedule. The amount of orders I take on, when I decorate cookies, and when I need to step away from the kitchen is all up to me. Having extra treats on hand is also a great perk — I love being able to surprise friends or customers with extras when they need a pick-me-up!

Who is someone you consider a mentor and why?

Christina Moffatt, owner of Creme Cupcake + Dessert, has been more than generous with her time and advice to not only me, but the Des Moines small business community at large. Since we're in the same industry, I was intimidated to even approach her, but she's just one example of how inclusive and collaborative the Des Moines food scene is.