Young Entrepreneurship Program

The Junior League of Tampa Young Entrepreneurship Program

The Junior League of Tampa’s Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) aims to grow the potential, leadership, and influence of female business owners in our region. Launched in 2014, the program offers a unique and valuable opportunity for one selected female entrepreneur.

Congratulations to our 2020 YEP Winner!

Marisol Arias, Co- Owner – Sustainable Market Place


This grant is open to women who meet the following qualifications:

  • Over 21 to under 40 years of age at the time of Holiday Gift Market 2020
  • Majority owners of their business
  • Sell a product which is a unique addition to the Holiday Gift Market selection
  • Are not current members of The Junior League of Tampa


The winner of the Young Entrepreneurship Program receives:

  • A premium ad in the Holiday Gift Market Online Guide ($800+ Value)
  • Selection to be a merchant in the HGM Online Marketplace
  • $3,000 grant from the Dorothea Adell Tinsley family foundation to grow her business
  • Local media promotion to enhance brand recognition around the Tampa Bay Area
  • The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre (WBC), will provide direct mentorship to the winner for 6 months with training and coaching in entrepreneurial readiness, networking, strategic planning, and finance preparedness

Thank you to our 2020 YEP Sponsor!

Past Winners

2019 – Allyssa Ratliff, owner of ElleLace Creations

Pawz Publishing 2018 YEP Winner, The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market2018 – Rebekah Phillips, owner, author, & illustrator of Pawz Publishing

Ethos Coffee Roasters

2017 – Lisbeth Pacheco, founder of Ethos Coffee Roasters

2016 – Janee’ Scarle, owner & designer of Old City Calligraphy

2015 – Jordan Windschauer, found & CEO of Base Culture

2014 – Kristen Ostow, owner of Southern Doe