On the day Melissa Ben-Ishay was fired from her advertising job in 2008, she went home in tears. Then she started baking.
For her, baking was therapy as well as a hobby. (Her friends loved her rainbow cupcakes.) Soon, it became her business.
Ben-Ishay is the co-founder, president, and chief product officer of Baked by Melissa, the bakery known for its bite-size cupcakes.
The company has 13 stores and ships desserts nationwide.
Here's how this creative businesswoman turned a layoff into an awesome opportunity.