Young Entrepreneurship Program

The Junior League of Tampa Young Entrepreneurship Program

About Holiday Gift Market Merchants Sponsors


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. Please apply by midnight August 9, 2020. Any applications received after August 9, 2020 will be considered for the 2021 program.



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 2019
  • Majority owners of their business
  • Sell a product which is a unique addition to the Holiday Gift Market selection
  • Have not participated in Holiday Gift Market previously
  • Are not current members of The Junior League of Tampa


The winner of the Young Entrepreneurship Program receives:

  • A premium booth at Holiday Gift Market ($1100+)
  • $3,000 grant from the Dorothea Adell Tinsley family foundation to grow her business
  • Spotlight signage during Holiday Gift Market
  • Special mention in the Holiday Gift Market Shopping Guide provided to the 20,000+ attendees
  • Local media promotion to enhance brand recognition around the Tampa Bay Area

Thank you to our 2019 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