Kenneth “Biznessman” Allen, founder of the Kenneth Allen Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (KAFFE, Inc.) CEO of K.S. Consultants and Managing Editor of Prominent Magazine which he co-owns with Entrepreneurial Icons Farrah Gray and Bill Mays. Allen was born and raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Gary, Ind. Growing up in a single parent household, Kenneth defied national statistics for Black males and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School at age 17.
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. He is Young Biz’s youngest certified instructor in the country.
As a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Allen’s vision for KAFFE, Inc. is to promote philanthropy and success by sharing the entrepreneurial spirit through an alternative program for economically disadvantaged youth. To date, he has shared his entrepreneurial expertise with school children in West Africa and all over North America.
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, IBE Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar chair, Prince Hall Masons/Shiners, Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals, Vice Chair of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status Black Males and the First Baptist Church. In addition to that he still finds time to care for his grandfather Charles who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Allen is the youngest person to ever be employed by the Indiana House of Representatives. At 18, he was hired as a page coordinator for the 112 and 113 General Assembly. He worked in the Indiana State government for 2 years. Then went on to the Federal Government for three years. Kenneth Allen is now an at-large member of the Indianapolis Public Schools school board. He assumed office in 2021. His current term ends on December 31, 2024.
Allen has received hundreds of awards such as Who’s Who Among Youth Leaders, the One Church One School Student of the Year, National’s Dean’s List, Indiana Black Expo Entrepreneur of the Year and McDonalds just recently recognized him as a “Living History Maker”. He counts among his proudest accomplishments, December 4, which was proclaimed by Indianapolis Mayor as “Kenneth Allen Day” for his outstanding leadership and success as an entrepreneur.