Twenty-one-year-old Molly Enos ’10 is president of Paul Bunyan’s Maple Syrup, a company she founded more than two years ago.
Her family purchased a farm 10 years ago that contained numerous maple trees, and Enos suggested that they tap the trees for sap.
Years later, Paul Bunyan’s Maple Syrup was born, and it produced 600 gallons of syrup during its first year in business; this year, it made 2,200 gallons.
Fresh off recognition as the “Maple King” at a Meyersdale maple festival, Paul Bunyan’s Maple Syrup continues to grow its list of clientele, selling products to Peace, Love, & Little Donuts and other local companies.
Enos keeps active, remains competitive and, above all, believes that giving back is vital. “If you do good for the community,” she says, “in return, it’s just like a big circle of people working together, which is rewarding.”
Enos, who studied communication at Cabrini College, became interested in running a company after taking an entrepreneurial course. In the summer of her junior year, she was a marketing and sales intern at Pittsburgh Magazine.
“Marketing taught me the importance of brand awareness and creating a strong brand, which was crucial in growing a business,” she says.
“The quote ’Nothing happens until a sale is made’ is true in any type of business, and being in a small business, growing sales is so important or there is a lack of cash flow.”
Enos graduated from Cabrini two years early. She was featured in the “Spotlight on Women in Business” in the July 2011 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.
Paul Bunyan’s Maple Syrup