The secret is out, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, the 45 year old not-for-profit economic development organization supporting growth in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia through programs and services that help corporations enhance the diversity and innovation of their supply chains by connecting corporate and government members to well established, certified minority-owned business enterprises, announced that Takia Ross, Owner and Lead Make-Up Artist of Accessmatized, LLCwas named a 2017 Top 100 MBE® winner. This award recognizes owners of minority business enterprises in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial accomplishments, a high level of professionalism, and have made substantial contributions to their community.
The Top 100 MBE Awards®, began in 2007 and evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate the creativity and innovation of regional MBEs who are role models and inspire the entire community. This year, The Top 100 MBE Awards® will be presented at the CRMSDC’s 36thAnnual Leaders and Legends Awards Ceremony, on November 2nd at the MGM National Harbor, and Takia Ross of Accessmatized will be one of the award recipients.
Takia’s Baltimore based business, Accessmatized, seeks to provide professional, affordable, and reliable make-up artistry services that meets the needs of her clients busy schedule by offering appointments as early as 4am and as late as 11pm. In addition, Takia and her team give their clients service location options to include their newly opened make-up studio located at 2300 Russell Street in the Westport community of Baltimore City, the neighborhood in which Ross grew up, a location of their client’s choosing, and Pretty Mobile Baltimore; DMV’s First Mobile Make-Up Studio. Pretty Mobile is a 16-passenger wheel chair equipped vehicle that Ross and her family fabricated to hold up to 3 artists, 9 clients, has a small dressing room, refreshment and wifi.
Not only has Ross been making strides in business since opening her doors in 2013, securing over $65,000 in funding for her endeavors by winning local and national business plan and business pitch competitions, to include her most recent $10,000 award from the Shore Hatchery; but Ross was also named a 2017 Warnock Foundation Fellow for her social innovation, War Paint. This free traveling art program is a showcase of the origin and purpose of traditional face and body art worn by African Women and how this art was utilized to express the culture, experiences, and belief systems of the people who wore it. Using paintings, photography, and live art artists, Ross collaborates with local artists, schools and community organizations to educate and recreate traditional face and body painting to pay homage to the past while highlighting the ceremonies and “wars” that women currently face.
Takia Ross says, “Receiving this honor means so much because it my testimony to all my “Baltimore Girls” and women; no matter how young or mature what can be done through hard work and belief that failure is not an option. ” To learn more about Accessmatized, visit http://www.accessmatized.com.