Sistahs in Business Expo 2019 - Columbia, SC

Aisha and judi gatson

Aisha and judi gatson


The Sistahs in Business Expo was lit!!! There is no other way to describe it. I was truly honored to be in the number. So if you missed it this year make sure you’re in the building next year! I know they are coming back and even better.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of it since I don’t “own” a business, but honey, I was wrong! There were so many gems being dropped that if you didn’t have a pen and paper what were you really there to do?

First off, can we talk about the organization of this expo! They were ready to rock and roll on time and I love that! They did not play any games. Everything was decorated so beautifully and each vendor put thought into their booths!

I loved seeing so many women of color share their talents. I was able to walk around and visit with each vendor and learn a little about their business. I was even able to patronize a few Bri’s Butter and Lips by Ke’ Nichole.

My favorite part of the day were the panels. I receive a piece of inspiration from each session!

Session 1: Chit Chat with Aisha Taylor Issah, CEO

Aisha Taylor Issah is the visionary behind the expo and she taught us how to go after our dreams. All we have to do is just start.


Session 2: Authorpreneur Panel
Write the book!

Panelists: Tamika Sims, Shannon Mcrae, Ashlye V. Wilkerson, and Tara Seals

Every lady was so knowledgeable and came from different backgrounds but all carried the same message for authors to simply just get started!

Live. Learn. Lead. - Pastor Shannon Mccrae

They even recommended some books to read to get us started:

Who moved my cheese?

7 Levels of Communication

The Obstacle is the way


Keynote Speaker: Gizelle Bryant

She was so down to earth and spoke about how she got started. She spoke about being a mom and having to be away from her kids and how she raises them to be respectful young women.

That definitely hit home for because I’m trying to live my dreams and show my daughters that anything is possible.


Session 3: Superpower Panel
Local Women in Business

Panelists: Tamika Shuler Washington, April Jones, Bianca Crawford Shelton, Kitwanda Cyrus

This was probably my favorite session. I was able to see women in my community living their dreams and owning businesses. This personally lit a fire within to me to keep hustling!

Overall the event was AWESOME! I’m looking forward to next year. Keep up with the Sistahs in Business Expo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Want to see what you missed? Take a look below!

Kaydence was able to join me for this incredible experience!

Kaydence was able to join me for this incredible experience!