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Tandelyn Daniel, Member Development of the Georgia Restaurant Association


Tandelyn Daniels, Member Development Executive of The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) represents the restaurant and food service industry at the state, county and city level to fight onerous legislation from materializing into law. Their top-notch government affairs team serves as the watchdog for your interests.

The mission of the Georgia Restaurant Association is to serve as the voice of Georgia’s restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness.

Your support through membership shows your level of investment in your business and Georgia’s 16.5+ billion dollar food service industry. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s nearly 17,000 restaurants and food service locations.

We hold educational classes on topics (i.e. tax rulings to food cost to PCI compliance) impacting your operations a minimum of 2x per month.

Our core of endorsed services from our allied partners is sure to add money to your bottom line. From credit card processing, a United Health Care Partnership, music licensing and marketing tools, the GRA’s programs has your operational needs covered!

But perhaps the most important reason for joining–it’s just the right thing to do if you are in the restaurant and food service business. It’s your fair share contribution to make sure you operate in a favorable business climate.
Twitter: @TantheGRAlady

Tequia Danielle Lester of Its All About You Birthdays


My name is Tequia Danielle Lester also known as “The Party Guru”.  I began planning parties for my oldest daughter over 15 years ago. After exhausting all of the traditional storefront party places I ran out of ideas.  I decided to plan a carnival party complete with clowns, popcorn machines, games, balloons, prizes and so on. To say the least it was a smashing success among my family and friends.  It wasn’t until 3 years later, after working in corporate America and getting laid off for a year  when I put together another birthday party for my daughter, this time a spa party. The response was undeniably amazing and that’s when I knew that I was on to something. After, a little pushing from close family and friends I began tapping into my hidden talent. Thus, in 2008 ‘Its All About You Birthdays’ was born. This company quickly took off and has since been moving forward full speed ahead.

I didn’t have to look far to reel in several A-listers. Once they met me and saw my outgoing, bubbly, personality along with my hard work ethics, love for kids and amazing passion to create unique birthday parties it was a no brainier. The IAAYB calendar began to quickly fill up months in advance with several high end clients throughout the Metro Atlanta area. I have had the privilege of hosting birthday parties for Former Real Housewives of Atlanta Deshawn Snow (repeat client), CNN’s Johnita Due (repeat client), Celebrity Shoe Designer of FeverShoes Natischa Harvey (repeat client), Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox (repeat client), Radio Personality Cadillac Jack  from Country/Kicks 101.5 (repeat client),BRAVO’s Married to Medicine Toya Bush, Singer Ledisi, VP of Neenah Paper Julie Schertell (repeat client) and Winnie Couture to list a few.

Many of my clients were so impressed with the children’s events, the amazingly unique candy buffets and signature theme cakes that they began calling ‘The Guru’ to plan their events as well. The company brand then expanded creating ‘Its All About You Atlanta’ for the adult and corporate clientele. IAAYA is fabulously, chic, stylish & fun for women & men of all ages. There is something in store for everyone. I have a passion and love for entertaining which I infuse with amazing and beautiful decor.

My team carries that same passion. Taking the time to personally get to know our clients, putting their needs first and foremost. Our meticulous attention to detail and commitment ensures every event to be a successful one.

My company also believes very strongly in giving back to the community. In 2014, I partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Hosting several charity events. a Valentine’s Day celebration, a ‘Celebrating Life’ October fest and the biggest event to date was hosting  ‘Let it Glo’ Prom 2015 for the entire hospital. (Which I provided: hair styling, makeovers, fun attire, catering, balloons, red carpet, photo area, decorations, DJ, and volunteers). 2014 was a big year. I also started my annual Thanksgiving ‘Feed Atlanta’ Food & Coat Drive for the homeless. During this event we fed over 300 homeless people and are looking forward to feeding even more this year.  My goal is to always be one the cutting edge, introducing new & fresh ideas for any event or occasion.  It’s All About You Birthdays  is a brand…I want everyone who comes in contact with anything I do, to feel ‘Its All About Them’. As as young African American entrepreneur I hope to inspire anyone wanting to start their own business and know that all things are possible to them that believe.

Laurie Ford of ARF Financial, LLC and Kevin McGee of Avid Entrepreneurship


Laurie Ford is the Vice President of ARF Financial LLC, a California licensed lender that sources business loans and lines of credit for restaurant and retail merchants in all 50 states. Since 2001, they have filled the void between traditional bank financing and less attractive venues of obtaining capital, like cash advances and taking on equity partners. With an ability to secure financing where most banks stop, and giving merchants the ability to maintain control of their business and more profitable by meeting their financial goals. Businesses may qualify for amounts up to $725,000 without the need for collateral, at the most competitive rates and with fixed terms up to 36 months. The application process is simple and straightforward resulting in 48 hour approvals and fundings in as little as 7 business days. Whether you’re thinking of adding a new location, renovating your existing facility, purchasing new equipment or simply stabilizing your cash flow, your first step in securing financing is ARF Financial. They have helped over 6,000 businesses receive approvals on more than 12,000 loans with proceeds in excess of $600,000,000.

Kevin’s mission is to Speak Life and inspire you to make each and everyday, the best day of your life. Kevin has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur. While he has had some tough times, he has also learned to recognize opportunities, overcome obstacles, deal with failures and embrace success. Entrepreneur or not, we all face these issues.

Kevin McGee is a sought after motivational speaker, business coach, blogger, husband, father, and serial entrepreneur. He has spent the last 20 years of his life in any number of entrepreneurial pursuits. Kevin believes that there is no career that can give you the freedom, flexibility and fullness that entrepreneurship can. He started his first venture when he was 23 years old.  His most recent venture is AVID Entrepreneurship a social enterprise that helps first generation entrepreneurs build better businesses.

Kevin has had his share of success and failures in many areas of his life. All of these experiences have helped to shape Kevin into the man he is today. A caring, compassionate and concerned individual whose desire is to help others better navigate and avoid some of the pitfalls and challenges we encounter in life.

Known for his approachable demeanor and transparency, Kevin candidly shares his life experiences, the good and the bad. He hopes that they will help others better recognize opportunities, overcome obstacles, deal with failures and embrace success.

Speak Life means to speak authoritatively and positively to the challenges in your life. By simply changing your perspective you can truly change your life. Kevin resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, and their two daughters.  His family is a source of continuous support, inspiration and motivation. You can find out more about Kevin at

Kadeem Dunwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta Foundation, Inc.


An Atlanta, GA native, Kadeem Dunwell is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta Foundation, Inc. A 501 c(3) non profit who’s mission consists of turning the opportunity seekers of today into successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

A partner of select schools throughout the metro Atlanta area, Mr. Dunwell, and his team of local advisory members have impacted the lives of students across the city through their impact programming which instills confidence, inspiration, and the appropriate education within young people through entrepreneurship.

Mr. Dunwell is also Managing Partner of Young Entrepreneur Atlanta; a company devoted to community involvement and the branding and marketing of companies run by young professionals. Young Entrepreneur strives to execute their mission by providing a platform for the best and brightest young entrepreneurs through the provision of brand and media related opportunities through their digital publication, FAME­Magazine. Recognized by CBS Radio as a young adult making a difference, Mr. Dunwell sits on multiple boards for schools throughout the Atlanta area and is a member of the Fulton County “My Brother’s Keeper” Taskforce.