What Indiana Small Business EXPO Brings to The Table
MEET THE CEO, OWNER
“I didn’t realize that there are over 500,000 small businesses in Indiana!” “I’m so honored to orchestrate small businesses to come together from all over the state for Indiana Small Business Expo.” “I’m grateful that business owners come to support each other and our charity partner which provides mentorship programs for fatherless homes to boys without male role models.”
As a local single mother CEO, Kelly Sparks has overcome challenging circumstances since 2005 with her two sons, one of which has had major heart surgeries. “We’ve been homeless, car-less and inundated with medical bills, one challenge after another, but I never gave up on helping others, while being my sons’ hero which was always my focus!”
Kelly climbed out of poverty and has been supporting Indiana small business owners by organizing Indiana Small Business Expo’s. Kelly is now a multiple business owner who is skilled at wearing many entrepreneurial hats. “I can truly relate to real-life extraordinary challenges that families and entrepreneuers face.”
Kelly was raised by her single father, of which he had an eighth grade education but he worked hard as a self employed flooring contractor. Kelly helped her father gain his high school GED when she was a sophomore and he was 53 years old. “Life can get hard at times growing up in poverty but he was brave and showed me many skills and the value of work ethic, and now I can accomplish anything.” “Many weekends and summers were spent on construction and flooring jobs with my dad and manual labor is just as hard as running a business, I can respect both roles.”
Kelly was not looking to buy Expo as she is a Real Estate Broker however, in the midst of serving her community through Covid, Kelly was approached to purchase Expo, the ten year old Company. When venues opened back up Ms. Sparks took a leap of faith and funded the June 2021 Expo herself to support and to show love to Indiana small businesses. Exhibitors and public attendees report that Indiana Small Business Expo produced attractive testimonials on their return on investment. The audience has grown into a larger downtown Indianapolis venue and now has gained the support of multiple sponsors.
“I’m still in awe of the inspiration of our recent Keynote Speakers such as Shark Tank Consultant, Precious Williams from New York and NFL Alumni and the Voice for the Indianapolis Colts, Joe Reitz.” “I believe Real Estate and Small Business is the backbone of America, and I am in the business to help with both!”