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InnovateHER 2015 Comes to Tampa Bay!

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, October 9, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 9, 2015

LocalShops1, in collaboration with the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the local round of the SBA InnovateHER Challenge, in which they look for products or services that make a positive impact on the lives of women and families. The competition takes place Dec. 2, 2015, at the Catherine Hickman in Gulfport, and the winner of this local round may be selected to compete for cash prizes totaling $70,000 in the finals in Washington, DC.


You can learn more about the competition  and apply to compete at

The public is invited to a meet & greet reception, followed by the live competition and a keynote speech by local entrepreneur Isabel Reis Laessig, founder of the popular Sunday Supper movement. Admission is free and registration is open at


Meet the judges

Carla Bristol, Gallerie 909

Diana M. Hechavarria, University South Florida

Marie Tomassi, Trenam Law

Rita Lowman, C1 Bank

Robin King, Three Birds Tavern & Out of the Weeds 


Meet the moderator

Barry Rubin, Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce & Time Systems


Our sponsors!


Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce

Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market

Three Birds Tavern & Out of the Weeds


For sponsorship information or vendor opportunities, please email



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