From the small business owner to the black business advocate, Kela Taylor’s entrepreneurial journey hasn’t been business as usual. For the last decade, her tenacious grind and ambitious resilience have pioneered one successful venture after another. Today, her mission is to amplify black enterprises through passionate civic engagement and social justice. In addition to pinning her own expose’, “My Dream Business My Worst Nightmare: Modern Day Oppression in Black Entrepreneurship,” Kela is a council member for the Small Business Majority and Chair of both the Atlanta Black Chambers Affinity Group’s Young Entrepreneurs Collaborative and the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Atlanta Black Chambers. Beyond fighting legislation in the black business community — Kela is determined to see laws change for the good.
Before championing black business, Taylor operated a 10,000-square-foot salon suite facility and private venue in the heart of midtown Atlanta. From the City of Atlanta Proclamations to state-contracted training, the venue
hosted over 5 million individuals and many of Atlanta’s most sought-after events. Among many other accomplishments, Taylor has a Federal Government Women-Owned Small Business Certification and State and Local certifications, including Fulton County F/MBE, Clayton County SBE, City of Atlanta AABE, 16 certifications from Leadership Innovation to Procurement Policy and Procedures, and more. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center’s StartSmart, GrowSmart, Ignite Cohorts, and many other small business development programs. She is also a Rising in Community Excellence Award Winner and a five-time Certified Business Government Contract Professional.
Taylor’s dreams derive from unpretentious beginnings in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tragic news that her father faced a double-life prison sentence led her triumphantly to entrepreneurial success. To help her father plead his innocence, this entrepreneur-at-heart put her corporate insurance position in jeopardy, which forced her to choose her livelihood or her father’s freedom. She chose to start her agency, Taylor Insurance Services. From there, she pursued real estate investing and small business lending to become the influential small business expert she is today. When asked about her journey, she said: ”Time is freedom! Fighting for my dad’s freedom made me realize I was imprisoned.”
For the foreseeable future, Kela Taylor’s mission is to create innovative avenues to bridge the wage gap, labor segmentation, education, wealth, housing, and investment opportunities between governments, corporations, and individuals.
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