Meet ystark! YP: Tara Lyn


Occupation/Title/Place of work:
Photographer and Beauty Professional

Why are you interested you in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative? Canton is my home and I want to be a part of growth and opportunity. I have a passion for entrepreneurship and want to help create an environment where we can collaborate and thrive.

What would you share to encourage other people to join? I think it’s a valuable thing to come together and to be able to have a voice within the community, as well as to take an opportunity for self growth by learning from each other.

Where did you grow up, if Stark County what kept you here, if not, where did you live and what encouraged you move to Stark County?  I grew up in Perry Township. I did move to Savannah GA for a while and I came back home. I decided to come back home because this is where my community, network and support system are. I also see a ton of potential in the area and I wanted to become a part of the growth.

What do you like MOST about Stark County? I like that there is a diverse group of people and I love the arts district! Also that you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to the city and the country. It’s accessible to get to either pretty quickly.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?  If I could change something I would change the marketing toward the arts district and try and get more people to support the local businesses.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?  Score is one of the best opportunities for Young Professionals to participate in. Also attending First Friday’s and Canton Flea are valuable when it comes to becoming a part of the local culture.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?  I think hosting more events, maybe outdoor music events downtown. Honestly focusing on creating a more green environment. Having recycling downtown, and community gardens.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio? I usually would go down to George’s or Buzzbin. And of course attending events when they happen.

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?  I can see myself living here for a lifetime as long as there is some sort of growth within my business and a travel balance of course because we all need a break from winter! If I were to leave it would be because of an opportunity to work within a beauty industry companies headquarters and also weather!