According to Forbes, the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America is black women. Being in that number is 35 year old Maya Holmes of Canton, Georgia. The full time entrepreneur, wife, and mother of two is the owner of Big Georgia Bundts.
The small yet growing cake business, Big Georgia Bundts started as a home based business nearly two years ago. Known for serving up delicious flavors like carrot cake, pistachio, red velvet, banana pudding and more from home and at different pop up shops and festivals around Georgia.
After being burned out and leaving a job that she felt was unfulfilling and draining, Maya wanted something that was flexible and something that allowed her to be there for her daughters’ little moments. She gives credit to her husband Teddy for the inspiration behind Big Georgia Bundts.
In the midst of trying to figure my next direction, I remembered that I baked a cake for the house one weekend. We had so much leftover and my husband decided to bring it into the office. I was really pleasantly surprised by the feedback! From there we began small, baking in our home kitchen and offering contactless porch pickups and drop offs to neighbors at the height of the pandemic. With social media and word of mouth it just blossomed from there. We have been very fortunate to have such wonderful support from the community.
With already having a love for sweets, Maya started baking herself once she had her daughters.
Baking together when they were younger became our thing. Whether it be holiday baking, or just because. I would say that’s where the love and enjoyment stemmed from.
Maya notes that her hometown of New Orleans has had an impression on everything that she does in the kitchen. Staying that there’s just a certain way that they do things, and the love and pride they put into their food.
What has been the most rewarding thing since starting your own business?
What’s been most rewarding for me is knowing our daughters have seen us create something from just an idea. They’ve been a part of the process. They’ve done everything from labeling, pop-up events & selling. As an adult, I now know how important that was for me to see as a kid. My godmother owned a small business in New Orleans and it’s where I had my first job. I never realized until beginning my own small business journey how impactful that experience was for me. I feel great knowing that my daughters will now have those tools and be empowered to do the same.
What has been the most challenging?
The most challenging part for me has been learning the business. Networking and learning from other small business owners is key!
With all of the continuous support from loyal customers and with the help of her husband, Maya is gearing up to open her first storefront for Big Georgia Bundts. The store front will be in the Publix Super Market shopping center at Village Shoppes of East Cherokee in Woodstock, Georgia. Right now the grand opening is being determined, but is expect to be in mid December.
Thank you to all of our customers. We appreciate each and every one of you and your support. We can’t wait to show you what we have next!
Be sure to follow Big Georgia Bundts on Instagram and stayed tuned to for the launch of their website, biggeorgiabundts.com as well.