Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 2003, Barbara Taylor 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 “dot com” start-up ventures in the Pacific Northwest, and was the marketing manager at one of Seattle’s top-five law firms.
After moving to Northwest Arkansas with her family, Barbara was a sales analyst on the Walmart account at Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex. She and Chris started the first drive-thru espresso business in the state of Arkansas in 2003, which they successfully sold three years later. Barbara and Chris launched Synergy Business Services in 2006, where Barbara continues to handle all marketing and accounting responsibilities at the firm, in addition to assisting clients on a daily basis in her role as an exit planning consultant and transaction advisor.
Barbara is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ online feature “You’re the Boss – the Art of Running a Small Business.” Her blog Transaction, addresses the mechanics of buying, selling, and valuing privately-held companies. Her work has also appeared in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post and AOL Small Business. She was recently named one of “7 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow on Twitter” on BNET (now 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.