Collette Divitto is an inspiration. She was born 26 years ago with down syndrome and she is not like any other aspiring entrepreneur, she’s dedicated and loves what she does in her company.

Her dream and her kitchen always made her happy. Before she builds her company, she tried to apply for a job, but she was rejected several times.

Because of all those rejections, she decided to build her own, and that’s when the Collettey’s Cookies was born.
Collete’s Facebook Page
Rosemary Alfredo, the mom of Collette is very supportive and always been there to guide her.

Collette’s was selling about a hundred cookies a week at the Golden Goose. The owner of the grocery was Steven De Angeles and he gave her a shelf space for her cookies. When CBS runs a story for her, it went viral. Her business blew up and now she has to fill about 4000 orders from around the country.

With a dozen per order, Collette has to bake fifty thousand cookies.

Collette is very hands-on with her business. The common wealth kitchen, a non-profit business incubator has stepped in to help her scale up. Now Collette is closer to her real dream.


The success of her company will be a model for other people with disabilities. They will all say, If Collette can do it, they can do it. Collete was very happy to know that Jim Axelrod of CBS News loved the cookies she baked.

Turns out the secret ingredients she bakes into her cookies is not such a mystery after all. The secret ingredients she has been protecting so much is LOVE. Always been love according to Collette.

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Collette Divitto truly is an inspiration. Visit her Facebook page to know more about her and her company.

H/T: CBS News