After she created her candy, Alina had to learn how to run a business. “On the way to school, my dad and I talk business updates,” explains Alina. They may discuss plans for launching a new candy. “After school, depending on if I have any extracurriculars like dance, I’d go straight to the office or work from home depending on what I have to knock out before the end of the day,” says Alina. She talks to retailers to get her products in their stores. Another big part of her job is creating videos for Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter to share the Zolli story.
“It’s really important to me that everyone on my team is organized,” she explains. “This involves really laying out how we want the day, the week, or the month to look like.” Alina manages a team of 10 that includes people working on research and development, marketing, and operations.