About The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre
Our mission is to help female entrepreneurs launch and grow successful businesses.
To create opportunities for women to fulfill their dream of business ownership.
Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Compassion, Excellence, Knowledge, Helping Others, Encouragement, Positivity, Teamwork & Fun!
Since 2013, the TBWBC has served over 5,556 clients. We helped over 200 women start a new business, created over 245 new jobs and helped over 143 female entrepreneurs access financial capital to expand their business ventures.
Our offices are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL which enables us to provide services to entrepreneurs in Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco and Manatee counties.
The Tampa Bay Women’s Centre
@ Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
305 S. Hyde Park Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
The Tampa Bay Women’s Centre
St. Petersburg Office
@ The Poynter Institute
801 3rd St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Meet Our Staff
Dr. Kerry Szymanski
Director of The Women's Business Centre
Dr. Kerry Szymanski is Program Director for the WBC. Her impressive skill set includes working knowledge of entrepreneurship, marketing, strategy, management, leadership, social media marketing, and professional development. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and an MBA. She is an Adjunct Business Professor for American Business & Technology University. While she takes her work seriously, in her spare time, she enjoys doing stand-up comedy.
CARES Project Manager
Brad Stevenson, CARES Project Manager, oversees all aspects of the supplemental grant. Brad was Finance Manager at the Centre for Women before taking on this new role.
Charisse Medina is the new Program Coordinator at Women’s Business Centre in the Tampa office. She received a Degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. As a military spouse for 21 years, she served as a mentor in several military spouses groups. She speaks English and Spanish and her passion for helping other people lead her to this new professional role.
Natasha owns and operates White & Black Consulting, a business and political consulting firm located in the Tampa Bay Area. Natasha also contracts with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre to offer business consulting services to the respective clients. White & Black Consulting has worked with businesses of all sizes, at all levels to accomplish the desires of the business. Currently, White & Black Consulting has clients along the East Coast of the United States and in Central America.
Program Coordinator - CARES Project
Aubrey Paffenroth is the Program Coordinator for the WBC CARES Project. She holds an MBA from the University of South Florida’s MUMA College of Business as well as a certificate in nonprofit management. Prior to joining the Women’s Business Centre she spent seven years as the Program Coordinator for the Straz Center. In her free time she volunteers for an organization aiding victims of human trafficking. She is excited to be a part of the Cares Project aiding entrepreneurs and small businesses in her hometown.
Julia White, MBA, is a certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and licensed Financial Advisor. She has over 10 years of accounting and financial planning experience. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals and small to medium-sized businesses become financially literate in the areas of tax, accounting, and financial planning.
Maria E. Campos is the WBC CARES Coach. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Hospitality Management with a minor in Arts from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. With her entrepreneurship and hospitality expertise, she provides counseling to clients as they navigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
Brooke has a breadth of experience as the former Head of Operations and Marketing for Rising Tide Innovation Center and Marketing Director for Decks & Docks Lumber Co. A native of St. Petersburg, FL, she is actively involved in the community through Grow Smarter St. Petersburg and 1 Million Cups -St. Petersburg. She holds her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.