Growing up, Talia Holmes spent the summers in the kitchen with her mom and granny making homemade ice cream… those were some of her most memorable moments! As an adult, she worked for different companies, and when her mom and grandmother passed away, she decided that it was time to follow her vision and open an ice cream shop. It was her mom’s and grandmother’s dream, and she wanted to leave a legacy for her daughter.
Although she comes from a family of entrepreneurs, and she knew the type of business she wanted to open, she was not aware of what encompassed being a business owner, she needed help! Talia had a business plan; however, she needed guidance to prepare herself to be a business owner. Searching the SBA website, she came across ACE Women’s Business Center and called the office that same day and scheduled a coaching session with a business consultant. One of the first recommendations that she received was to use DreamBuilder to help guide her business plan, which taught her the skills and knowledge to start a business. The coach revised the business plan, and she received the guidance she was looking for on how to operate a successful business. Since she needed funding to start her business, she attended the Access to Capital workshop for Small Businesses twice, where she learned about the requirements needed to obtain a loan through ACE. She also had the opportunity to meet with four business coaches during the Annual Speed Coaching event, whom provided her insights on how to operate the business.
On December 14, 2018, after obtaining funding through ACE, she opened the doors of “Sweet Joy Ice Cream Bar” in Lawrenceville, named after her sweet mother Joy. The ice cream bar offers a selection of homemade natural and alcohol-infused ice cream, waffles, sundaes, cookies, brownies and for those clients who are hungry, she also sells hotdogs and sausages. In partnership with a nearby business, she will soon be offering doughnut sandwiches with ice cream, which she says “will be to die for!”
Her business has been progressing very well and she has hired 7 employees so far. She wants to be known as one the best homemade ice cream shops in Georgia! Talia is already thinking of expanding to a second location and opening a breakfast boutique. She continues to obtain Business Advisory Services through ACE for bookkeeping and marketing support.
“Through ACE, I was able to obtain all the guidance and support I need to open and operate my business. They always go the extra step to make sure you succeed; exceptional customer experience. With ACE providing me with the skill sets to move forward and on-going support, it’s allowing me to win and grow in my business” Holmes says.
Sweet Joy Ice Cream Bar