[ BARBARA TAYLOR ]
Barbara Taylor began her entrepreneurial journey after moving from Seattle to Northwest Arkansas in 2003. Seeing a need for a decent cup of coffee, she and Chris started the first drive-thru espresso business in the state of Arkansas. They successfully built the business into a popular micro-chain, and eventually sold it to an outside buyer. In her role as an M&A broker and business valuation specialist, Barbara combines her first-hand experience as a selling owner with her extensive knowledge of the selling process to help business owners cash out and move on.
Prior to starting her first entrepreneurial venture, Barbara spent over a decade in the wireless telecommunications industry where she held roles in product marketing, brand management and marketing communications. Barbara also helped launch two venture-backed “dot com” startups in the Pacific Northwest, one of which was acquired by American Lawyer Media.
Barbara is a sought-after speaker and nationally recognized author on the topics of selling, buying and valuing a business. She spent three years as a blogger for the New York Times online feature “You’re the Boss – the Art of Running a Small Business.” Her work has also appeared in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, Arkansas Money & Politics, and AOL Small Business. She was named one of “7 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow on Twitter” by CBS MoneyWatch.
Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Seattle Pacific University with a minor in Journalism, and an MBA from Seattle University with an emphasis on Marketing and Business Law.
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