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Kenneth “Biznessman” Allen, is the founder of the Kenneth Allen Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (KAFFE, Inc.) (pronounced Café Ink), Chief Operating Officer of Young Biz USA and the Director of the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP). Allen grew up in a single parent household, and was raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Gary, Ind. Allen’s love for entrepreneurship began early. At 12, he started his first business venture, K.S. Candies, in his grandfather’s garage. Operating for more than six years, K.S. Candies ranked 79 out of 100 youth businesses in the nation according to Young Biz, Inc. By 15, Allen was sharing his love for entrepreneurship with others as a Certified Entrepreneur Instructor. For many years, he was Young Biz’s youngest certified instructor in the country. At age 17 Allen defied national statistics for Black males and graduated from the Historic Theodore Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana. Since Graduating form Gary Roosevelt he has taken classes at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Ivy Tech State College, United Theological Seminary. Allen is a 2014 graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Institute. A 2016 Graduate of the Indianapolis Public Safety Citizens Academy and a 2017 Journey New Pro Fellow.
As a 20 year + veteran entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Allen’s vision for KAFFE, Inc (pronounced Café Ink),. is to promote philanthropy and success by sharing the entrepreneurial spirit through an alternative program for economically disadvantaged youth. His cause to spread entrepreneurship among youth has in given him the opportunity to share his vision in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Nigeria, Senegal, and all over 30 of the US states.
Allen is a man who not only “talks the talk” – he walks the walk. He diligently serves his community by annually giving over 2000 volunteer hours to such organizations like: Indiana Black Expo (IBE), as the former IBE Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar chair, Prince Hall Masons, in 2013 Allen was elected as the youngest Illustrious Potentate (President) of Persian Temple #46 (Black Shriners). He is a founding member of the Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals; he is also the current Chair of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status Black Males and a Licensed Minister at First Baptist Church. For over six years he cared for his aging grandfather until he passed in 2013. He is the father of two beautiful children Jayden Charles and Kennedi Marie.
Allen is the one of youngest persons to ever be employed by the Indiana House of Representatives. At 18, he was hired as the page coordinator for the 112 and 113 General Assembly. He worked for the state of Indiana for 2 years. Then went on to work for the Federal Government for three years and has also worked for in County government.
Allen’s work has been featured on FOX News, The Elkhart Truth, Gary Post Tribune, Gary Info, Gary Crusader, The Indiana Statesman, the Houston Style Magazine, Indianapolis Recorder, Indianapolis Star, The Indiana Minority Business Magazine, and the Prince Hall Shriners National Pyramid Magazines just to name a few.
He has received over 200 hundreds of awards such as being inducted in to the Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis, Who’s Who Among Youth Leaders, the One Church One School Student of the Year, 100 Black Men Emerging Leaders Honoree, National’s Dean’s List, Indiana Black Expo Entrepreneur of the Year, Indiana Black Expo Lynn Dean Ford Media award, and McDonalds recently recognized him as a “Living History Maker”. Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee recognized Allen for helping over a hundred youth start business in State of Texas. He has received proclamations from the Mayors of Gary, Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, Houston, Texas. He has received resolutions from the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Indianapolis City County Council, Indiana House of Representatives, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, in 2016 Allen was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel which is the highest award you can receive in the Common wealth of Kentucky. He counts among one of his proudest accomplishments, December 4, which was proclaimed by Indianapolis Mayor as “Kenneth Allen Day” for his outstanding leadership and success as an entrepreneur.
Allen’s life mission is to inspire and serve. He is living out his dream and calling by providing opportunities for other budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams.