Kezia M. Williams is an entrepreneurial rockstar. In 2019 she was #67 on The Root’s Top 100 influential African Americans list. She is the CEO and founder of The Black Upstart which is an organization that trains entrepreneurs to start and grow sustainable small businesses. Since 2016 her company has trained 200 inspiring entrepreneurs. A remarkable 41% of them are still in business and 50% now employ other people.
In addition to running The Black Upstart four years ago, she was chosen to head up the United Negro College Fund’s $25 million entrepreneurship initiative for black undergraduates. She has expanded the program from 44 students to 350 at 90 colleges and universities.
On EYL 58 Kezia gave the blueprint to help entrepreneurs beat the odds and become successful. She also talked about common mistakes made by business owners and gave financial tips that apply to anyone regardless if they are in business or not.