Deaf entrepreneurship – Patty Cakes of Frederick, MD
The Frederick News-Post
By Brittany Branch-Smith
February 2, 2015
A few months ago, I saw someone I knew from Gallaudet University at the C. Burr Artz Public Library. While we were catching up on each other’s lives, she asked me if I had ever tried any cupcakes from Patty Cakes of Frederick. I said no and that I had never heard of it. She then told me the cupcakes were really good and that the owner of the business (Patricia “Patty” Carter) was deaf. I was a bit surprised by this and curious to find out more about Carter and how she came to the decision to start her own business.
When I got home I visited the Patty Cakes of Frederick page on Facebook. The cupcakes really did look good, so I ended up ordering some caramel apple and cake batter-flavored ones (which were indeed delicious). I also contacted Carter to arrange an interview. I explained that I was very curious to find out what motivated her to start her own business since I knew it could not have been easy due to the communication barriers often experienced by the deaf. Fortunately, Carter took the time out of her busy baking schedule to meet with me.
During our interview, Carter, who is married with two children, said the catalyst for her becoming an entrepreneur was her family and friends. She explained . . .