Jessica Ann Tyson

 Businesswoman and philanthropist,  Jessica Ann Tyson, found a way to take her willingness to help others and marry it with her passion for event planning. In 2003 this socialite founded Events by Jessica Ann and became a successful entrepreneur. Her solid rapport, reputation for excellence and integrity has built admiration amongst clients across the state of Michigan and US. Most noted, over the past ten years, she has provided more than $110,000.00 in scholarships for high school and college students. In 2014 Jessica Ann Tyson expanded her company and morphed into the extremely successful 13-year-old event planning business into a Public Relations firm – JA PR Group, LLC. In addition to the PR firm,  Jessica Ann brought her skill set to the restaurant industry. In August 2016, together with a business partner they established, The Candied Yam, LLC - Delightful Southern Cuisine, an upscale rustic boutique take-out restaurant featuring family recipes rich with heritage and made with love.   

Rewards & Recognitions

 2018   West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award Nominee 

2017   Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Service Award: 

Business of the Year 

2016   Seeds of Growth Leadership Award: Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women 

2014   Negro Business & Women’s Professional Club Business

Achievement Award


2014   Hello West Michigan Board of Directors – present  

2012   National Heritage Academies: Board President

(River City Scholars School) - present  

2012   Latina Wings Hispanic Community Service Engagement Award   


2011   Grand Rapids Business Journal: 50 Most Influential Women 

in West Michigan  

2011   Grand Rapids Business Journal 40 Under 40 Business Leader 


2010   Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce Board Member - 2016 


2006   West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awarded:

Business of the Year