We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiya Rabb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiya, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I mapped out a plan to start my own business when I was pretty young. I saw early on that working for myself would yield a better work-life balance for the lifestyle I had imagined, so I made moves that would put me in position to be able to make that choice later in life. I tried to juggle the 9-5 and running my own business at the same time, but within about a year and a half I saw the potential for growth and decided to go solo full-time. Another driving factor for starting my business was my love for working directly with the community. I wanted to provide cost-effective professional tech solutions to the small businesses and start-ups that lacked funding for systems they needed to run their business competitively.
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?
Well, I run a consulting company that focuses on incorporating high-end, professional software systems at low costs to the business owners. I also satisfy my creative interests by managing ATLGBTQ, a platform dedicated to ensuring those with passions for creativity, business, spirituality and religion, health and well being, philanthropy, politics, and the overall advancement of LGBTQ+ people of color continue to have a place to be promoted, endured and celebrated.
I don’t know that I do anything that set’s me apart; I’m passionate about my work and supporting my community just like most . I feel I’m on a journey that started when I was a kid beginning to envision a life for myself. I’ve learned that this world moves fast, but it’s important to be prepared rather than to move just for the sake of moving. Each day brings a new set of challenges that are typically overcome with effective communicating or reworking known ways of doing things.
What drives me is knowing that the decisions I made early on positioned me to be able to help others. Black business owners have been slow to gain access to certain systems that are needed to remain competitive within their industries. I am happy to be able to help fill some of those gaps with the services that I provide.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the best things I enjoy about Atlanta is there is something here for everyone – Atlanta has everything! So if a friend was to come visit, I always make it a point to support my clients first, so we would definitely have to experience the Atlanta brunch scene – a brunch scene that is like no other – at one of the Escobar Restaurant locations. I’m also a huge supporter of the Black & Urban artist scenes, so a visit to an art show or gallery featuring any of Atlanta’s amazing artists, any show put on by Eugene Byrd, III is always a hit, pictures set against ATL’s coolest street art, and maybe an adrenaline rush with indoor karting or indoor skydiving could be on the list of activities.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course, I have to shoutout my family, my mother, father, brother and sisters who have all been a tremendous part of my support system. I also have to shout out my business partner Glenise Kinard-Moore, creator and founder of The VDOM, LLC. Her determination and drive to enhance the lives of marginalized groups is refreshing and inspiring. To work alongside Glenise is a privilege and an opportunity for which I am eternally appreciative.