We had the good fortune of connecting with Candi Cylar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candi, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Many years ago I decided that I wanted to live on purpose. Everything I did I wanted it to be purpose-driven. My goal was to do what I enjoyed and was gifted to do. God has continually opened doors for me to do just that. The purpose fueled my passion and my desire gave me the drive to become a business owner.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Candi Cylar Agency (CCA) is an event planning and management company specializing in the non-profit and faith-based sectors. CCA offers three types of services; event planning, project management and experience direction. For each of the services, CCA takes care of the planning and execution of our customer’s event or project, while creating an unforgettable experience for their attendees, members, clients, donors, etc. CCA has a talented and well-versed staff holding degrees, certifications and/or licensure in Event Planning & Hospitality, Project Management and Divinity/Theology. After years of experience working with faith-based organizations, CCA realized that many struggle with growing intergenerational issues and the lack of creativity. CCA can offer coaching and consulting services to ministries to help them with their creative visioning strategy and experiences for its members.
Choosing to live on purpose continues to bring me back to entrepreneurship. I love what I do and it shows. I treat each project like it is my own. It isn’t always easy…late nights, early mornings and constantly in creative mode. Being flexible and caring about each event/project, while surrounding yourself and your team with like-minded, driven people is what helps us to overcome challenges. What sets us apart is that we aim to plan – create – experience. Here are a few tips that I would like to share – Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Don’t be afraid to ask for what you are worth
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve become a bit of a homebody lately and typically like to entertain at home. Atlanta has so much to offer so Sunday after church, brunch is a must at Negril Village. Then a walk to see some street art and take pictures.
Monday – dinner at Carroll Street Cafe. Sweet Auburn Market for some fresh cut veggies for a day of cooking and chatting.
Tuesday – Breakfast at Thumbs Up on Edgewood and then off to the Beltline for a walk then Ponce City Market for drinks and tasty treats.
Wednesday – A visit to the King Center, dinner at Busy Bee’s then drinks at Eleanor’s in Smyrna.
Thursday – An early morning walk at Sweetwater Park to commune with God, dinner at Carroll Street Cafe.
Friday – A little retail therapy and then tapas and drinks at Eclipse de Luna.
Saturday – I’ve been waiting for my girls to come to town so we can do a wine tour in North Georgia.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My list of people are endless! I have been blessed with a super supportive family and I don’t have “a” person, I have “people!” A special shout out to my collaborative partners Schanavia Bronson of Strategy 105, LaTasha Davis of Simply Perfect, and Nnena Nchege of The NUN Group. Black women business owners working together! And a huge thank you to my coaches, Tiffany Nunnally of Made for More and Timothy Fryar of the Regroup.
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