Diversity of Experiences
Aisha Taylor Issah, Founder & CEO of the Sistahs in Business Expo, is a successful entrepreneur, ordained minister, and former college professor. Over the years, she and her work have been featured in numerous publications and media outlets including Black Enterprise, Sheen Magazine, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. Aisha launched the Sistahs in Business Expo (SIBEXPO) in 2017, with the goal of providing an accessible space where entrepreneurial women of color could grow and showcase their businesses at an affordable rate. SIBEXPO is the country’s only multi-city small business expo created specifically to celebrate entrepreneurial women of color, the country’s largest and fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs.
The Sistahs in Business University was added to the brand in early 2019 in an effort to train and equip entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, information, and resources to start, scale, and propel their businesses to the next level. The brand later expanded to add the Sistahs in Business Foundation, a 501c3 which provides grants to entrepreneurial women of color.
In April 2021, Aisha spearheaded the brand’s successful launch of The Sistah Shop, a beautiful 5000+ sq ft retail location that features over 85 brands by entrepreneurial women of color, located at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Aisha is no stranger to hard work and understands the needs of the urban demographic. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (B.S.), Marist College (MPA), and New York Theological Seminary (M.Div.); and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She resigned from her role as an Executive Director with the City of New York after 14 years of service to focus on her ministerial and entrepreneurial endeavors. Since that time, she has grown SIBEXPO into a national brand, led prison ministry efforts with Prison Fellowship (an international prison ministry), worked as a Lead Instructor with the NYC Grow with Google Learning Center, ran TAYLORmade – Professional Career Consulting firm, co-founded with her sister, and impacted countless small businesses and career professionals through her passionate leadership, mentorship, and guidance.