NORTHFIELD-- Maggie Simenc is finishing her last semester at the University of Akron and will soon graduate with a food and environmental nutrition degree.

Fully aware that starting a business is risky- especially in these economic times, Simenc says she is optimistic about the future for small business owners.

Simenc is now 22, and until about a year ago, she said owning her own business wasn't part of the plan.

"Starting off in college, I never thought that I would be here" she said.

Fast forward to now, and Simenc can often be found baking cupcakes in her parents' kitchen.

Simenc's business called"Sweet Little Things" has been open for 5 months, and incredibly she is already seeing a profit.

But getting to this point hasn't been easy.

Simenc admits, "It's been a real long journey, it seems like.'

Maggie's biggest issue was budget so she decided to work out of her family home to keep the overhead costs low.

So why now, especially in this economy?Maggie says at least in Northeast Ohio, she sees improvement.

Simenc says, "All of the local businesses around here have been doing really well. They've been maintaining their businesses for years. It seems to be getting better as opposed to worse."

Maggie says as a new business owner with dreams of one day opening up own her bakery shop, she knows just how important this presidential election is.

Maggie wants the man who wins in November to really focus on small businesses and the people- like herself, who are working to make their dreams a reality.

Simenc says, "Because that's what America is based off of- the small businesses and supporting the local community."

Maggie says that community spirit is something she really embraces.

Each month, she will bake a special cupcake for a cause.

25 percent of all proceeds from orders will go straight to a charity.