LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor Sid Taylor, upon his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Sid Taylor’s exemplary contributions to the veterans’ community and service during the Vietnam War serve as an example to which we all should aspire.
Sid Taylor was born in Vicksburg, MS, on November 23, 1948, and served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War as an M60 machine gun operator assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division near the Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam.
Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he embarked on becoming a productive citizen in the private sector by going to work for General Motors Corporation for twenty-two years. Following a successful career with GM, he founded S.E.T. Enterprises, Inc., a supplier to the major automobile manufacturers. This Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business proved to be highly successful, expanding to four different states, earning numerous awards and still in business after more than 30 years. Indeed, it was highlighted in Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 100 Black Owned Business.
Not content to simply be a successful businessman, he also operated a successful Non-Profit Real Life 101 for 18 years. He has serves on numerous such as the National Veteran Business Development Council where he manages a nation-wide Junior ROTC scholarship program that provides $10,000 per student. He also sits on the boards for Tougaloo College in Canton, MS and Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. He has served as a District Manager for the Boy Scouts of America, as a board member for the Montford Point Marines of America, as a board member for the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, for the National Veterans Association, and many other boards and councils.
His hard work, and contributions back to the community has resulted in receiving an Honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from Madonna University. Crain’s Detroit gave him the 2020 Notable Veteran award. He was given the Ernst and Young State of Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing in 2001. In 2009, he was given the General Lucius Theus Award of Excellence – Tuskegee Airman. The Detroit City Council gave him the 2014 Spirit of Detroit Award, and in 2009, he was given the 2009 Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veterans Association, among many other recognitions.
RESOLVED BY THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE, That we honor and commemorate the public service, dedication, and personal sacrifice of Sid Taylor. His selfless service and commitment to the veterans of his state and this nation must never be forgotten. Sid Taylor embraced the essence of American public service and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals.
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to honor Sid Taylor for his exemplary service to the State of Michigan and to the United States of America, and to commemorate his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.