Guest Faculty

Takia Ross

Owner and Lead Make-Up Artist at Accessmatized, LLC

    Takia, has been using her passion for make-up to enhance women's natural beauty for over 5 years. A self taught make-up artist her artistry has graced the pages of over 60 publications to include Essence Magazine, her images have been showcased twice on LED Baltimore, and she has been featured on Fox 45 News and Dr. Oz. In 2015, with a mission to take her business to the next level, Takia began competing in Business Plan Competitions. To date, Takia has won over $65,000 in cash and prizes. With some of those funds, Takia launched Pretty Mobile Baltimore, DMV's First Mobile Make-Up Studio.

    In 2017, Takia took the plight of small businesses to capital hill to advocate for changes to federal small business funding. She was named one of DMV’s Top 100 Minority Business Owners by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council and she has been featured in the Afro Newspaper, Technically Baltimore, Baltimore Business Journal, and Baltimore Sun for the work she does to assist other small business owners start and grow their enterprises. She did all of this and still made time to give back to her community by speaking to and mentoring students.

    Currently, Takia is pushing her artistry and her business to new heights by launching a mobile art exhibit, War Paint, which pays homage to African cultures; as well as, creating and hosting the So You Want to Pitch Conference, an event geared toward assisting other small businesses access business capital.