Owner, Luxury Lotus Spa
Esther Nelson is the owner of Luxury Lotus Spa that provides facials, nails, waxing, and body treatments. During the pandemic, she worked closely with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre (TBWBC) for help to apply for grants and COVID Impact loans including the City of Tampa Relief Fund, PayPal, EIDL, and PPP loans. In addition, her TBWBC counselor provided guidance on her business plan, her presence on social media, and expanding her services from brick-and-mortar into new virtual platforms. As a result, Ms. Nelson gained confidence as an entrepreneur and will publish her first book in October 2020 entitled, The Ultimate Self-Care Guide to help women feel beautiful inside and out.
Owner, Studio 210 Salon
Anna Imani is the owner of Studio 210 Salon and has been a client of the Tampa Women’s Business Centre since April of 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna was required to completely shut down her Salon for a period and subsequently reduce the number of customers in her salon to comply with CDC guidelines. Through the business coaching services offered by the Tampa Bay WBC CARES Program, Anna was able to get the help she needed to successfully apply for, and receive, a PPP Loan and a Hillsborough County R3 grant. Thank you Anna for reaching out to us and congratulations!
Owner, Cashew Brittle by Son'ni Boi & Petal, Inc.
Terry White is the owner of Cashew Brittle by Son’ni Boi & Petal, Inc., a gourmet handcrafted cashew brittle candy company. Their mission is to create delicious treats with all-natural ingredients that customers find unforgettable. Ms. White contacted the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre to help her with marketing and branding initiatives. The expert business coaches at the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre guided her through a rebranding process that resulted in an increase in revenue which was especially helpful to Ms. White during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Owner, Jorgie, Inc.
Jorgie Inc. is a service-based company that supports and serves introvert and ambivert entrepreneurs by helping them use relationship building and authentic connections to increase their sales and grow their business. At the height of the pandemic, Jorgie Franks-Bell lost all but two of her clients because her major source of income was generated from in-person events. Under the guidance of TBWBC team, she focused on pivoting her business into new revenue streams which resulted in an increase in her sales from $1,500 to $6,000 per month. The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre provided Ms. Franks-Bell with excellent branding guidance and assisted her with the application process for the EIDL and PPP loans.
Owner, V-Line Spa
Nichole Lancaster is the owner of VLine Women. Prior to Covid, all of her sales were from retail locations. The pandemic caused a steep decline in her retail sales due to the closure of spas which carried her line of products. She contacted the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre to help her pivot and launch an e-commerce line. Most of her sales were from retail locations and she needed to transition online. With the help of her coach from the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre, she applied for the EIDL loan and received $29,000 and the PPP loan, which she received $9,000. Her business coach also helped her with goal setting, timelines and accountability to her business goals.
Owner, Total Compass Care, LLC
Total Compass Care, LLC provides the highest quality of assisted living options for adults faced with medical health care problems. Deana Jolliff, the owner of Total Compass Care, created the company from her experience in the health care industry, her own personal battle with epilepsy and her personal experience with providing care for family members. Ms. Jolliff shared, “My staff and I attended a networking mixer hosted by TBWBC and made a lot of connections. The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre was instrumental with developing our business plan. With the help of our business coach, we wrote the business plan, submitted it to AHCA and obtained our agency license”. The one-on-one business coaching sessions helped Ms. Jolliff understand the components of a business plan and provided other ideas for business expansion. Total Compass Care, LLC recently opened a new community living home.
President, Howard Printing & Co-Founder of Howard Machining
Michelle Leoni is the President of Howard Imprinting Machine, manufacturer of hot stamping machines and the Co-Founder of Howard Machining, a company focused in providing CNC precision machining services. Due to the challenging times of the pandemic, Michelle reached out to the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre for assistance with marketing initiatives and financial guidance through the WBC Cares program. Working closely with her business coach, she applied for LISC Small Business Relief (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and the Hillsborough County assistance program where she received $20,000 besides many suggestions to improve advertisement and marketing strategies.
Owner, Sabine's Gout Creole
Sabine Juste is the owner of Sabine’s Gout Creole, a takeout restaurant made up of the finest Haitian Cuisine coupled with many traditional American favorites, located in Tampa, Florida. Despite being a takeout restaurant, Sabine Gout Creole experienced a drastic drop in sales at one point as a result of the pandemic. The advice of the Women’s Business Centre and their team of experts helped Mrs. Juste to build confidence, create a vision for her business and develop marketing initiatives through UberEats, Yelp, Google, and Facebook. As a result, her profits increased and she was able to apply for COVID-19 Relief funds such as PPP, EIDL Advance, and the One Tampa Relief Fund.
Owner, Greyline Media
Greyline Media is a full-service production company with a goal to deliver a superior quality product to their clients. Owner/Producer Lesley Young said the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre (WBC) has been a tremendous resource as “I’m learning to grow in my new business. Not only has she put me in touch with influential women in the industry, but she has also challenged me to think outside of the box when it comes to business.” Young said the WBC offers a wide range of connections to put any female entrepreneur on the path for success. Whether it’s book recommendations or providing an owner with valuable resources to grow, rest assured has your specific needs in mind when offering solutions.”
Myiesha "Mya" Cato
Myiesha “Mya” Cato is the CEO of Meeyogi, a Tampa-based yoga company offering events and private sessions. As a result of the pandemic, Mya reached out to the Women’s Business Centre in Tampa. She said: “It was perfect timing to partner with a business counselor at the WBC. Our 1-on-1 mentoring helped me navigate through the unknown. The business has made it through one of the most difficult periods ever. We have acquired more funding, more partnerships, and a new business model.
Owner, Press Playy Rolling Video Games
Press Playy Rolling Video Games is the hottest entertainment option available in Central Fl. With SEVEN high-def TVs, custom stadium seats & the newest video games, their high-tech game truck is perfect for up to 24 guests to enjoy a birthday, church gathering, corporate event, karaoke night and so much more.
Dominique confirmed The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre (WBC) has been a tremendous help. She shared, “I speak to my consultant every 2 weeks who keeps me accountable and provides knowledgeable experience on the steps I should be taking as a business owner.”
With the support of The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre, Dominique completed her registration as a minority-owned business; received economic relief from the EIDL, and gained insight into how to market and promote her business. As a result of the economic relief and mentoring Dominique is able to Press Playy on her dream.
Owner, Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness
Danielle Sweet is the owner of Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness, a yoga studio and massage spa that provides a safe environment in a spiritually grounded setting for people interested in growth, healing, and community. Ms. Sweet purchased a non-essential business during the wake of COVID-19. Due to safe social distance protocols, she had to limit their capacity by 25%, which dramatically affected her revenues.
The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre was instrumental in helping Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness generate new sources of income and collaborate with other businesses such as its new massage partner, Healing Handz & Body Work. Our business consultant’s expertise in social media assisted Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness to grow its following and drive new clients to the business.
Owner, TJC International
Tashima Johnson is the owner of TJC International and has been a client of The Women’s Business Centre since May of 2020. TJC International launched in 2017 and provides a platform for small business owners to network and showcase their products. The COVID-19 pandemic made hosting in-person events all but impossible. Tashima reached out to the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre CARES program and was able to get the help she needed to obtain an EIDL and a local Hillsborough County grant. Thanks to the WBC CARES Program, Tashima has been able to sustain her business throughout the pandemic.
Owner, Best Choice Cleaners
Betty Papadakis is the owner of Best Choice Cleaners and has been in business since July of 2019. Betty came to the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Center in April of 2020 when the pandemic began in need of help. Betty was experiencing a significant reduction in revenue because many of her customers no longer needed their clothes cleaned as frequently. Best Choice Cleaners was in desperate need of funding to maintain the staff and keep operations afloat. The TBWBC connected Betty with one of our Business Coaches and they helped her to obtain a PPP loan to pay her employees and an EIDL loan to help stay current with her everyday expanses. The coaching also enabled Betty to develop a pandemic strategy to continue operations and protect her business.
Owner, Crystal J. Productions
Crystal Jurewicz is the owner of Crystal J. Productions Inc. and has been in business since August 2020. Crystal J Productions Inc. provides voice-over services for radio and television marketing. Crystal came to the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Center in the middle of the pandemic knowing exactly what she wanted to do but needed help executing her plan. After enlisting the business coaching services of the TBWBC, Crystal put together a business plan that gave her a viable and profitable business model to make her business become a reality. Congratulations Crystal and we look forward to “hearing” from you!
Owner, Brick & Bubbles
Sara Jones is the Owner of Brick & Bubbles janitorial services. Her company specializes in cleaning co-working, event, and luxury office spaces over 20,000 square feet. Since working with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre (TBWBC), Sara’s business has made great strides. Amid the pandemic, Sara was able to win a new contract from a local business with 6 locations. She also pivoted her business by offering virtual walkthroughs. Sara’s coach guided her through solving a difficult staffing problem. She was able to promote two team members giving her more time to focus on serving clients, mentoring staff, and engaging new customers. Sara is also a member of our Mastermind Group, where she has been able to meet with like-minded business owners, share incites, and find solutions. “Sometimes you just need another set of eyes to see that your problem isn’t as difficult to solve as it may seem to you in the moment” Sara says. Join us in cheering Sara on and celebrating her success!
Owner, Healing Handz & BodyWorks
Sonya Jennings is the owner of Healing Handz & BodyWorks and has been a client of the Women’s Business Center since December of 2019. Sonya was new to the Tampa Bay area when she started her massage therapy and body stretching business and needed help with marketing and establishing a new client base. The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Center was able to help Sonya with networking and marketing and as a result Sonya has been able to successfully live out her dream owning and operating her own business.
LeeNor Dikel is a life coach, author, and founder of “Life With LeeNor”. She specializes in NLP coaching, mindfulness, hypnosis, and mentorship. In order to get started, Leenor met with a business coach from the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre who was instrumental in helping Leenor register her business. Her business coach also helped her to create a business plan, that helped her identify her niche, develop a marketing strategy in order to attract new clients. Since working with us, LeeNor has been able to expand her business to attract clients from all over the world. In just a short amount of time, she was able to become fully booked! To enhance her business skills, Leenor participated in the TBWBC Mastermind Group. Expert business coaches provided the Mastermind participants a forum to share current business challenges, provide a forum for accountability and discuss trending topics. It was a wonderful opportunity to network and share resources with other entrepreneurs. LeeNor describes her experience in the Mastermind Group as “life changing”.
Rachel Logan, PhD started her public health research consultancy during the pandemic. She came to the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre seeking help starting her business after COVID-19 caused another job opportunity to fall through. Rachel was connected with a business coach who helped her get her business off the ground. Rachel’s coach helped her find solutions to problems, developed processes and systems, and provided encouragement. She also assisted her with asking for fair prices on contracts, negotiating terms, and advocating for herself. Rachel shared that her coach is “empathetic and serves the role of coach and cheerleader” for her.
Rachel’s business, The Equity Experience, LLC works with researchers and clinicians at academic institutions and community-based organizations committed to improving the health of historically marginalized communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color. “Having access to a dedicated mentor with knowledge and expertise, along with the resources at WBC was invaluable.” With her coach’s guidance she found more ways to promote herself and business in her unique field and already has contracts.