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!

Our Impact

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
Tampa Office

@ Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
305 S. Hyde Park Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-8437

The Tampa Bay Women’s Centre
St. Petersburg Office

@ The Poynter Institute
801 3rd St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(813) 550-2022


Meet Our Staff

Dr. Kerry Szymanski

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.

Bradley Stevenson

Bradley Stevenson

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

Charisse Medina

Program Coordinator

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.

Aubrey Paffenroth

Aubrey Paffenroth

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.